Thursday, June 15, 2006

This blog has nothing to do with crime

Except, except, except ... Since crime churns terror, fear, suspicion, racism, ostracism and flight, it's destructive to individuals, and poison for a city.

While we're still a ways from the early 90's homicide records, were going back up at a frightening pace. My 2 wishes for crime-fighting here:
  1. the Broken Windows theory applied.
  2. a Google Mapping mashup of crime in the city. Perhaps a publically, globally accessible graphical representation of crime would get more citizen, politician and police interest in fixing those hotspots.
And here are 2 new efforts, one led by citizens, the other by elected leaders, to do something about the problem.

There is nothing so right about Memphis (or any place) that crime can't destroy it, and there's nothing so wrong with Memphis that creativity and imagination can't solve.

2 Comments:

Blogger skippytpe said...

It's not exactly a Google Maps mashup, but for what it's worth, the Memphis police do have a crime mapping application on their website.

1:18 PM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

Thanks. I noticed they even have a graphical app located here https://crimemapper.memphispolice.org/mox42/pubmap.cfm?&action=mox5_if_frameset, but of course it's powered by a more proprietary gizmo than Google or Yahoo Maps. It doesn't appear to work in Linux Firefox; I wonder if it works in other platforms' Firefox.

4:13 PM  

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