An unpleasant but familiar refrain. And, an opportunity!
Saturday evening at about 9pm, one of my neighbors went for a walk about the neighborhood. As he hit the intersection of Delaware and Woodland Avenues, a Honda Civic pulled up. A young man got out, aimed a rifle at my neighbor, and demanded his wallet. The perpetrator drove away and out of the area before police could catch him.
As one who frequently goes for runs around the neighborhood at that hour, this news was particularly alarming to me. It’s also a bit ironic that I felt more comfortable going for evening runs at Balad Air Base in Iraq–where mortar attacks are a nightly occurrence–than I feel jogging within a 1-mile radius of our house in SE Atlanta.
In an effort to “take back the streets,” our neighborhood has been gathering on Saturday evenings by Presbyterian Church from about 7pm-9pm. Children and dogs are encouraged to come. Last night, there was a tractor for the kids to ride, and City Council candidates came to discuss their positions and hear from local voters. This Saturday, the group will gather at 6:30pm, and the tractor will be back. Please consider participating!