According to the WPD, there were 87 total police related calls in 2012. In 2013 through September 25, there were 49 calls. For those of us who can do math, that seems as if the Midtown is tracking towards 66 police calls this year, which means things are getting better, right?
I’m not going to defend Dean Marcus, though I wish we’d hear from some of his tenants and their customers to get a fuller picture of the building.
But we’ve got a situation where the Central Building is scheduled to be demolished in four months.
If we need the city administration to strongarm anyone, or talk about eminent domain, or solicit developers who are just dying to redevelop a building, perhaps we should focus on the Central Building, which will otherwise turn into another parking lot right on Main Street.
Also, talking about the police calls to the Midtown Mall without comparing to the police calls at other downtown buildings doesn’t tell us anything valuable.
In fact, there’s a building right across from the Midtown Mall that gets numerous police calls, where there have been assaults and shootings right outside the building, and whose bathrooms are rumored to be places of ill repute.
It’s called City Hall.
This item will be referred to the Public Safety committee; I’ll let folks know when it’s going to come up.