The St. Paul Quarter is filled with old factories-turned loft apartments. The area is a great example of downtown resurgence.
But a video taken from a loft window of late-night chaos is alarming. It showed a shooting, numerous fights, a man kicking a cop car and general disorder. The incidents took place in full view of police, who were staged a block away.
Many people say the video only shows what’s gone on for years. If that’s true, it’s time to stop it before someone gets killed. What’s more, residents and visitors should not be subjected to this nonsense.
Police Chief James Sheppard did not indicate if he will increase staffing or deploy a different strategy. He said the video didn’t shock him. That means he knew it was going on. Perhaps the department is struggling to figure out a way to handle it. Officers clearly did not have control of the area on the night the video was taken.
Rochester has several bar districts – East End, St. Paul and Monroe Ave. These districts attract people from around the county and are important to the city’s nightlife. Maybe it’s time for highly coordinated bar details. Maybe special taxing districts need to be created to pay for the details.
Whatever the case, it’s time for a plan.
Links of the Day:
– Chicago has very strict gun laws, but a huge rate of gun violence. The New York Times did an important story on why touch city laws don’t work.
– Local DEC officials used to be able to answer callers’ questions. Now everything has to go through an Albany PR department.
– Kindergartners doing algebra? The new Common Core standards are leaving kids – and their teachers – in tears.
– San Francisco plans to spend $200 million on its bike network, with the goal of 20 percent of all trips made by bike.