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West U A High Crime Area?

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Well from the sound of all the sirens, you'd think WestU was in somewhere in Detroit. This irks me, because the cause of it is that WestU main streets are clear of traffic, so all the emergency vehicles cut through my relatively peaceful neighborhood, with sirens blaring, trying to get to the med center. I mean, I know they are trying to save lives, but at least they can turn off the sirens when coming through. I guess its the by product of the WestU neo-nazi police traffic control. Don't speed through WestU unless you want to contribute to our city coffers!

I know why they try to avoid Kirby and Greenbriar.

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As far as I know, West University Place is certainly not a "high violent crime" area. All that means is that the police are anal about speeding over there. The same goes with Southside Place!

" so all the emergency vehicles cut through my relatively peaceful neighborhood,"

That has no bearing on the crime rate; the sirens could be ambulances trying to save people from a house fire or to save an elderly man from a heart attack.

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Thanks for the unusual perspective. I had never considered the ambulance traffic and how it has to funnel into the Med Center and the resulting disturbances that are created in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Kind of like the trains are to the East End, or the planes to the Hobby area, or the bums in Midtown, or the growing traffic congestion/noise in River Oaks, etc. Not to discount your complaint, but living in the big city is a full sensory experience no matter where you are. At least the ambulances aren't picking up many in your neighborhood, just passing through.

As gentrification slowly increases, violent crime will go down, as it has in places like NY, and the ambulances will sit parked more and more. That is one major reason us city people want development, to drive the criminals elsewhere. Taxes will go up and affordability down but economic cleansing seems to be the only, sure-fired way to permanently reduce crime.

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Actually, danax, gentrification, if it brings in more empty nesters, will increase the number of ambulances, since there are far more heart attacks than shootings. And, is it just me, or do others find it odd that a poster with 911 in his handle would complain about ambulances carrying someone's mother, brother or daughter to the caring professionals at the Med Center. Seems a bit selfish that your peace and serenity is more important than someone's life, including the other motorists who are approaching the intersection that the ambulance driver is warning of.

As to economic cleansing, there was a time when economists, politicians and CEOs believed that rising incomes in the poor and middle class would increase income for everyone, ie, a rising tide lifts all boats. Sadly, that no longer applies, as we are in a much stronger "trickle down" economy than ever before. This will only have the effect of creating more poor neighborhoods, whether they be inner city or older suburbs, as fewer people will have the means to keep up.

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^ True, more old people means less crime but more sirens. Same with the trains, a thriving economy means more train traffic. Just can't escape life's endless array of opposites.

Pondering the future of mega-metros like Houston can create comic book-like pictures in one's mind, such as massive inner cities gleaming with skyscrapers, towering luxury condos and mansions where living is a members-only game for the upper 5% income-wise and the rest are spread out in ever more distant layers with each further layer housing more people than the previous one and with less wealth. Outer ring residents living lifes of mere subsistance which in turn creates massive gang warfare for precious turf. The poor outnumber the wealthy by 20-1 so the inner city must protect themselves with draconian measures.

Example message on public transport; "All level 17s will work extended shifts inside The City then will return to their podzones via Sky-Tram within 15 minutes of shift ending. There will be zero-tolerance and violators will face mandatory chip re-programming resulting in loss of shopping time. Repeat violators will be re-zoned to levels 75-100 (formerly Jasper Colony)." This message then repeats in each of the 15 official languages.

All right, it probably won't get that bad for awhile yet. It would be a cool comic book though.

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