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    Urban Crime Conversation

    I have been missing from this forum for a little while, and decided to turn off lurking mode to add a few cents. @nashville_bound I do want to express that I appreciate the opening of discussion and the willingness of candid opinions and thoughts. I know people, especially those leaning more right, do not feel sometimes they can express these always. It's refreshing here, especially with the balance of stats and tone. You have my kudos and respect. re: Stop-and-Frisk: I disagree with your sentiment. I am law-abiding, and I do not wish to be stopped and frisked. I tend to think that gun owners enjoy the notion more, because for better or for worse, a lot of ire is always in their direction. It's almost self-affirming to carry and receive the validation through a stop and frisk. I am typing aloud here, but I also type without judgement. Does that make sense? I am in the same way when it comes to being ID'd. I understand it's the law and my privacy only goes so far at times, but I do not like being questioned or repeatedly asked in an establishment, especially when there is security at the door. It's the duty and right of enforcement, but in many cases (anecdotal data from my experiences and those shared of credible friends), stop and frisk at-large was done inconsistently, with identifiable groups experiencing higher rates of targeting. Argument could be the target was there for a reason, sure, but my point is there seemed to be too many indiscretions with this power. I refrain from using "abuse" here. Surely you can see this without explicit data and can see that politically-inclined policies weren't born solely out of a conference room platform discussion under guilded columns. I'm not wading deep into the urban crimes rates increasing debate presently. I want to add perspective and sow ideas to a greater picture. Using hometown Chattanooga as an example, the high levels of violent crime are cyclical and hyper-concentrated. There are many ways to cut it, but what is glaring is for these areas, there is a low level of upward mobility. Very low. Add government services changing and often lessening over the years, failing public schools (the state is trying to intervene presently), and a shift towards housing vouchers: you get people stuck, disconnected, and arrested (not criminally). Housing vouchers, here, have aided to the crime incredibly. Could you argue it's because there is a lax in regulation? Ex: housing projects were known so therefore could be on a patrol map. Sure. At this point we understand the problem to be linked to no upward mobility and the existence of slumlords. These houses renting under the table to more people than units, the low-quality building materials, high energy usage, and low upkeep not only add to the minutia of weight in these already vulnerable populations, but this contributes to a culture. Let's shift off these peoples experiences to look at others: immigrants and children of immigrants. Speaking English has come up again in national conversations, but to the matter at hand, some populations - mostly low-income - don't entirely speak English. Law enforcement isn't always bilingual or diverse. Now there is friction. Does there need to be tension? No. Using stop-and-frisk as an arbitrary example, when vulnerable populations like above receive more instances of negative police interaction - or put less politically-correct: are targeted more frequently without direct cause - it aids in a culture. You could say it aids crime. When vulnerable populations do not trust the police (or government services for that matter), crime goes unreported. This is when crime begins to increase, because consequences no longer exist as was previously known or expected. I've kept it pretty broad here. In Chattanooga where this has been a known problem, the police force has worked for several years with community members to address the problems, develop solutions, and tackle it. The CPD has hired more bilingual officers, they changed patrol habits (such as patrolling on foot when feasible), and they are making a more concerted effort to build community relationships. If people can trust them, they will come to them, they will report crime, and their neighborhoods will become safer as a result (broad strokes here). For the slumlords situations - which require a lot more hands, including the state legislative bodies - the work moving forward is through gang-focused tactics, but the community hasn't always been in the picture. There, too, CPD is working on building relationships while the impacted neighborhoods are organizing, planning, and even working on enforcement themselves (neighborhood watches, support systems, cleaning up blighted properties, alerting governmental bodies/agencies/offices to flags). There is more hope these days due to the hard work of people coming together and not from a more emboldened police force (or another way: conservative policies). The politically-correct tactics you may refer to are often a reaction to the culturality surrounding the region, which is always set to the context and history of its own area. You may not agree with them, but not only are there more players involved in the policies leaning away from your ideologies, there are grayer realities eclipsing the clearly defined frames of criminals deserve to be got and the innocent will exist relatively unscathed ("only the guilty would have problems with this"). You are very intelligent and live in an urban area. I don't presume the gray realities are new to you, but I wanted to give these realities more attention in the conversation surrounding urban crime. Numbers lack quality, as you know. Here's my few-pennies-worth hot take on urban crime absent of stats. I have a science degree and plenty of experience writing policies in and out of government, so I am no stranger to citations. I just wanted to shift gears a moment is all. Political discussions can lose humanity over time, so instead of coming in guns-a-blazing, I wanted to relate. Talk about some faceless neighbors. I can pull citations in for things I said above if you'd like! I don't want to knock the conversation off the track.
  2. xtianpoop

    Knoxville Photos!

    @BnaBreaker and @jmtunafish nail some more candid thoughts surrounding Knoxville, but I will attest, @nativetenn, that the geography is especially linked to the development (and lack thereof). I lived in the Fort, and I remember how easy it was to access campus- whether walking/sweating up hills or hopping on the North/South. I also remember finding it so strange that I had friends living in a gated, cottage community in South Knoxville. The Retreat, I believe, which had the most lax security (if you memorized the code or just hit random numbers, you could always get passed the gate). Us in the Fort were envious of the nice conditions in S Knox while they were envious of our transportation ease, including walking anywhere/everywhere. To your point, geography in TN's 4 largest downtowns are all tricky. I grew up in Chatt, and I've recently lived/studied in Knox. I compared and contrasted constantly my 4 years. I'll give the geography cred to Knoxville because it IS especially difficult in its urban center, not even considering the caves downtown (I want to say limestone?). Chatt is fortunate to having more of a valley downtown, but the twist in the comparison is its metro is difficult to develop geographically. Knoxville's is the opposite, hence I-40 latitudinal sprawl. (Isn't there a song lyric about West Town mall sprawl?) Go macro at even the surface levels, and the MSA/CSA sprawl in Knoxville is so much that the US gov at one point had to dedicate extra time defining it. Chatt's is close to half the size as Knoxville, and one county east begins another MSA. It's crazy looking at a cross-section of such seemingly similar cities. TL;DR: Knoxville is a jewel of TN. It should have a brighter spotlight, but geography + poor leadership and planning over the years = beleaguered regional city
  3. It's been relatively slow, but 14 of the 16 stories are being turned into apartments. These will be on the same block as the new 9-available stories of the Market City Center apartment complex. The 11 (?) storied block cap in the picture is supposed to be renovated into a hotel. I can't see this soon-to-be (pricey) apartment mid-rise NOT taking down the facade in the next 5-10 years, if not sooner. Besides the trend aspect of living in an old building, how is it to compete with a new, prettier building on the same block? I don't think the demand is there. Let the market bring that facade doooowwwwwwnn
  4. Agreed. That parking lot is part of the low-density, low-rise part of downtown that I think contributes to not only blight aesthetics, but also to the perception of a smaller downtown. 10-stories would be great at minimum there, but even less would be hugely impactful there at the intersections of the two districts. I wish I remembered more what downtown was like when the EPB building was still there.
  5. I have a bunch of photos to put up, but since I have no time, I want to share this photo I found this weekend on DeepZoom that I think you'll all enjoy. Facing north on Market St. in 1967. Today's SunTrust building is under construction of what then was the "Taj Mahal of Chattanooga," known as American National Bank. Also rather interesting is that you can see the facade being put on the Hamilton National Bank, covering up the Beaux-Arts built in 1911. A lot of these buildings, especially on the block closest to us, are still alive and well today. The banks' insolvencies led to bolstering some of the legacy companies in Chattanooga and Tennessee, too.
  6. Another from Rock Creek Aviation, but the density (and beauty) is undeniable. 5 Points at Northshore is really standing out, too!
  7. Ripped from Rock Creek Aviation's Instagram. Great view of the growing Cameron Harbor development. Townhomes along Riverfront Pkwy, 2 apartment buildings across from those next to the rehabbed dealership (now Chatt Whiskey). Office building at the intersection has the steel frame going up. If you squint, you can see the new apartment building 10 North on Cherokee Blvd. (Peep Market City beside SunTrust Building, too. Can even spot the Children's Hospital Outpatient building in the background)
  8. xtianpoop

    Mayor Berry - her legacy

    ***Mayor Barry I'm biased. I campaigned for her, and 2 of my best friends worked on the campaign while I've a few friends who currently work at her office. Being said, and my opinions to myself politically, I think that as is, her legacy would be like a wind-up car or one of those metallic balloons where they both were riding so high for a moment before fading way down. Like @Pdt2f said: transit, either way. Additionally, she seems to have left more of a civic mark than I remember Karl doing.* With transit, affordable housing and smart streets have been 2 things to stick to her name. *in fairness, I wasn't politically active or paid attention during this time, except for the Amp.
  9. Chattanooga Is Changing. But Its Charms Remain. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/20/travel/chattanooga-is-changing-but-its-charms-remain.html Found this to be rather enjoyable, and lacking the typical copy a lot of the I'm-visiting-Chattanooga articles get. I loved, too, that she brought in the bad. Thought it was well-balanced.
  10. xtianpoop

    Chattanooga Development Photos

    Thanks for these and for reminding me! I've a bunch from just when I've been out around town, or from when I'm crawling between bars. I've a bunch of similarly shot photos. Let's see if I can't help you with the dev real quick with these. (Challenging myself to go off memory, so please feel free to correct) North Shore -> starting with John Wise buildings on Cherokee, it goes to the 5 Points at North Shore by a Franklin group, if I'm not mistaken. I want to say their name starts with a B. Next you're at Douglas Heights in MLK, then Jefferson Heights in Southside (the red bricked homes used to be Section 8, and the owner now rents out purposefully at an affordable rate- I'm talking at/around $500. I love that and him) LandSouth off Main St looking towards Choo Choo is the new BlueBirds luxury apartments (we'll see if lives up to the hype), then John Wise's condo project he's been waiting on for a good several+ years on the corner at Rossville Blvd. Hit the Moxy hotel at Market x King by Desai, the you're downtown at City Center looking at that older building which has been receiving more investment, renovations over the years. Old Krystal HQ Fletcher Bright fixed up with the Market City Center 10-story mixed use building, with an alleyway project underway. This is anchoring new development along Cherry there. Then the Westin in the City Center (refusing to call area irrelevant names by out-of-touch suburban builders). You go along Riverfront Pkwy on the Westside, abutting the Cameron Harbor development. The apartments beside the Chatt Whiskey facility are looking GREAT, and I'm not sure if they're related to Cameron Harbor or not. The houses are the most recent phase of CH. I believe the steel beams then are the new mixed-use office building abutting Blue Goose Hollow park. I'm not entirely sure, but the toothpick development looks to be the one next to the chicken plant off Broad towards S Broad. John Wise again, but I think partnering with someone. I want to say this is a phase. The beautiful build next is behind TVA next to the award-winning park (and award winning businesses). Alabama developer. Tasteful, great infill, and it really impacts the area. Can see it all the way in Cowart Place and behind Clyde's. Next is (I believe again) John Wise's building on Chestnut next to Finley, which is a build-up from pre-existing 1-story brick structure. Lacking imagination and something to be desired, but kudos for the project nonetheless. Supposed to be affordable housing, too. Not PILOT affordable, but actually affordable. I remember some comment about servers and downtown service workers should be able to live there. Then UTC!
  11. ANNOUNCEMENT: Google Earth has updated its 3D renderings of Nashville satellite imagery. I'm not sure if I'm the only one who spends too much time on Google Earth, but I wanted to make everyone aware. Last update was maybe 2 years ago? SoBro, the Gulch, Music Row, Vandy/Midtown just few with a noticeable impact from the update. Mods: Is this an appropriate place for this? I'm sorry if not.
  12. My mistake! I thought there was an outdoors component. Honestly, I like it either way. Agreed that Nashville is lacking.
  13. These open-air markets seem to be the new trendy thing for cities. I know Detroit is getting a similar one downtown, too.
  14. I loathe the name "West Village" for the site. Even though the "West End" is as cringeworthy, I have to give it to the suburban developer brothers...it's pretty clever. The Westin in the West End
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    Riverton - Chattanooga

    I'm hopeful! Either way, more density is always GREAT, especially if this can let the air out of North Chatt for a little bit. I love seeing North River/Hixson receive more investment (and smart development).