• 84°

Ideas flow; next comes action

“If the young are not initiated into the village, they will burn it down just to feel its warmth.”
— African Proverb

Drugs. Gangs. Gun violence. It wasn’t hard for community meeting organizers to identify the top concerns shared by West End residents and much of the rest of the city when it comes to crime.
Those three issues ranked high in nearly every section of the city, according to surveys filled out at a July 23 meeting.
Coming up with successful interventions will take more ingenuity, research and resources. Fortunately, residents who spoke up at Monday night’s follow-up meeting had lots of ideas.

Many centered on getting young people involved in productive activities. For example:
• Offer vocational training at the Miller Recreation Center for young people who have dropped out of school.
• Involve more children in the police athletic league and give the program more community support.
• Offer arts and other programs to children who are not athletically gifted.
• Find out what youth care about and get them involved. Ideas some youth have mentioned include neighborhood block parties and a community recording studio for hip-hop and spoken word artists.
• Create safe zones in neighborhoods.
• Designate a graffiti wall.
• Apply for grants to fund more programs for youth.
• Put up barriers to drug traffic; stop suspicious vehicles.

Other ideas focused on working with the adult residents, many of whom are now living in fear:
• Reinvigorate Community Watch programs and have police partner with them to educate people about drugs and their effects.
• Know what you have in your medicine cabinet and keep track of it.
• Give residents easy access to crime statistics for each quadrant of the city.
• Hold meetings of the SNAG group — Salisbury Neighborhood Action Group — out in the neighborhoods instead of at the police station.
• Give residents an list of key contacts in city government and their phone numbers, so they can call when problems arise.
Kudos to organizers for keeping these conversations on a forward-looking path. The West End Community Organization, West End Pride and The Chamber are serious about coming up with an action plan. More ideas were turned in at the end of the meeting. We look forward to seeing this process continue to unfold.

Comments

Comments closed.

Crime

Blotter: Gold Hill man charged with statutory rape

Crime

Man charged with killing 28-year-old found dead in crashed car

Crime

68-year-old woman identified as Jackson Street murder victim

Crime

Man arrested in Jacksonville for Salisbury murder

Local

Rowan-Salisbury Schools finalizes normal, five-day schedule for fall

Local

Council to vote on budget, consider permit for child care center near downtown

Landis

Landis adopts budget with reduction in residential electric rates, no tax increases

Local

Political Notebook: Budd campaign touts boost in voter support after Trump endorsement

Local

Seventh Dragon Boat Festival scheduled July 24

News

NC rights groups say GOP bills impede voting access

Local

Sgt. Shane Karriker’s funeral procession travels through downtown Salisbury

Crime

Blotter: June 14

Ask Us

Ask Us: When will front entrance to courthouse reopen?

Coronavirus

As COVID-19 cases wane, vaccine-lagging areas still at risk

Crime

Blotter: Man faces litany of charges for fleeing sheriff’s deputies

Granite Quarry

‘Race to the Dan’ brings Revolutionary War back to Rowan

Local

‘Unity in the Community’ event brings together Salisbury Police, NAACP

Crime

One killed, two others shot on South Jackson Street in Salisbury

Crime

State examining Davidson County emergency alert received in Rowan, other counties

Local

Cleveland Rodeo packs house for 10th year

News

Salisbury’s Jacques Belliveau talks mental health, filming during premiere of ‘Reggie: A Millennial Depression Comedy’

News

Sen. Ford backs new set of election-related bills

Business

Downtown Salisbury bullish on potential for more residential space

Business

Biz Roundup: Wine about Winter set for June 18