The Bridge has published minutes from last night’s Longfellow Community Council meeting, where it was mentioned that the closed Howe school on 38th St E is attracting some evil doers:
Longfellow Community Council, 5/22 board meeting
HOWE PLAYGROUND MAGNET FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY: Taskforce member Bernadette Ammon lives right across from the unused Howe School playground. Since the school closed about four years ago, Ammon told the board the playground has become â€œa festering ground of criminal activity.â€ â€œWe are asking that the playground be removed so that we can live our lives,â€ said Ammon.
Ammon told the board that she has spoken to the School Board and Ward 12 Council Member Sandra Colvin Roy to no avail. â€œIf it takes another two to three years to get the reuse project done, we wonâ€™t have a viable neighborhood left,â€ she stated. Ammon and her neighbors call the police almost nightly. â€œThe police donâ€™t come when you call. And this was â€˜shots firedâ€™. And they didnâ€™t come.â€
Could better lighting solve this? It sounds like the playground isn’t an issue during daylight hours, so turn night into day.