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Apparently, criminals and loiterers don’t care for classical music. Cities across the country are playing Beethoven, Bach and Handel in trouble spots. They’re finding the music works! Minneapolis is the latest to try it at a train station:

The “classical music strategy” began last summer after complaints that the station had become “a haven for rowdy teens and vagrants.” The idea is that potential criminals find classical music so detestable that they won’t hang around the station long enough to realize their criminal potential.


Still the theory behind the idea is a strong one. It reaches back to the famous “broken window” experiment in psychology — named for how quickly cars get stripped when a window is shattered — and the notion that a culture of order and maintenance dissuades reckless and criminal behavior.

I have long said this would be a great idea at the Liberty Pole. Every time I brought it up to various city officials, I got nothing but laughter. It’s worth a shot.

– Speaking of the Liberty Pole, check out this stunning picture from RochesterSubway.com of the Sibley Building from the 1930s.

– If you can’t beat ’em join ’em. Hilton High students are allowed to use cell phones in class – as part of lesson plans!

– It’s not a good idea to put video cameras in a locker room, even if you are Oak Hill Country Club.

– Too soon? Some are wondering if Billy Crystal will joke about Kodak Theatre’s woes at the Oscars.

4 Responses to Crime Fighter?

  1. February 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm Brian M. responds:

    That’s the present spot of the Liberty Pole?! Wow.

  2. February 10, 2012 at 7:47 pm Donald Murphy responds:

    HaHa! I did this in the hallways outside my classroom at Jefferson Middle School and Franklin HS 20 years ago!

  3. February 11, 2012 at 7:26 am Sean A. Flesch responds:

    Have you considered a petition? Like Change.org?

  4. At least a decade ago I read about a small city in Australia that was playing Barry Manilow to drive teenagers out of their malls and shopping districts. It worked.

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