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Re: “The big Rochester myth about downtown crime

Can the writer show us the statistics or are we just supposed to take her word for it? Is this article any more worthwhile or informed than Mitch's comment? "Downtown Rochester is safe." Oh ok, solid argument. Also, I have to laugh at the idea that going to a festival surrounded by thousands of people, mostly suburban residents, on closed streets with police everywhere is supposed to provide some sort of accurate measure for how safe downtown is. How about this, start from the Andrews St. bridge, go down along the west side of the river, cross the Main Street bridge, and head back up Saint Paul or Clinton on an average weeknight after dark. You might not get raped or killed but you'll still have to step over broken liquor bottles, smell human piss, and deny handouts to the people responsible for both of those things. What if "crime in downtown" is just the polite way of saying "disgusting, drug addled undesirables that are a blight on our public space."? Whatever you want to call it, it's still very real and I feel bad for the poor guy or gal that's going to be cleaning the restrooms in the new Starbucks on Main St.

-A proud downtown gentrifier

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Posted by deweyrox on 08/25/2016 at 2:46 AM

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