Shots Fired in Longfellow?

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 “a festering ground of criminal activity.” “We are asking that the playground be removed so that we can live our lives,” 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. “If it takes another two to three years to get the reuse project done, we won’t have a viable neighborhood left,” she stated. Ammon and her neighbors call the police almost nightly. “The police don’t come when you call. And this was ‘shots fired’. And they didn’t come.”

Could better lighting solve this? It sounds like the playground isn’t an issue during daylight hours, so turn night into day.

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