Monday, May 05, 2008

Park & Fifth - What Next?

As gun violence claims yet another young man, the venue of this latest homicide raises concerns based on past events at Park & Fifth.

As described in my previous posts here, this intersection has been a trouble spot for some time. Dozens and even hundreds of people gather there after bars close, and sometimes block the entire street. Gunshots are common.

It seems police have tried everything, but there must be some way to control or deter these gatherings. It's only early May - what can we expect in the summer?

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this is a known trouble spot, there should be a police presence there every night to disperse people who are gathered there. Seems fairly simple to me... where is the political will to make it happen?

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason there is no police presence is because the funds that would have gone for that are being spent elsewhere. Like Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs personal bodyguards. Put them back on the beat.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I completely agree. It is up to the community to make a change. Plainfield is a very small town and there are only a few "chicken shacks" open at night. Why arent there police there? If it will take letters and protests then lets do that because our city is going down very quickly. The police wont care if we dont.

8:45 PM  
Blogger truman said...

I am sure there are many laws being broken by these folks gathering in the night. NYC was cleaned up by addressing the most common and obvious issues that present an issue to the quality of life. The same holds true in Plainfield. Those that are intoxicated should be arrested, and blocking the street is a crime. If we created stochastic modeling on the time people were dispersed in North or South Plainfield versus Plainfield proper, I think the results would be quite easily understood: Plainfield police and government are not making life safer or more pleasant.

The reason why this (behavior) can continue is because Plainfield has been the default route for these thugs and miscreants because their actions have been (by default) socially accepted.

Let's clean this situation up. I urge all Plainfield residents to clearly articulate what you want to see happen with this gathering over on Park and Fifth. This is out downtown; we need a place where businesses can operate and people can feel safe to be a part of this society.

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. Get the bums out. Marc, now that you have the title, do the job. If they can clean up 42nd St - I think they can clean up Plainfield.

So, Ms. Mayor, knowing we need more police, how can you in good conscience keep 2 police officers off the street where they are needed?

And, Plainfield, how can you continue to support a person who does this?

6:37 PM  

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