is a Crime
a city boy. I grew up in Seattle next to I-5 and commuted into
the low-income area known as the Central District throughout
high school. In my four years at Garfield High, I witnessed plenty
of fights, crack smoking and even a shooting. Whether it was
the immortality of youth or general naiveté, I never really
felt endangered. As time has passed, Ive come to realize
it wasnt such a bad way to live.
now reside in a historic neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Traditionally
its a nicer neighborhood, but typical to many communities,
the area has changed with economic cycles. Ten to fifteen years
ago my block was considered a transitional neighborhood where
average white folks would be considered suicidal to loiter about
after dark. Of course this has changed over the past few years
as gentrification continues to push lower income residents to
the scars of a paranoid society linger. More than a few of the
houses on my block have grates over their windows and doors.
As if to confirm their concerns, graffiti covers unattended signs,
walls and benches. And many in Portland still consider my neighborhood
a dangerous section of town.
we hear sporadic gunfire during the hot summer months, we prefer
to enjoy our neighborhood, including evening walks in the nearby
park. My neighbors are some of the nicest people Ive ever
met. It could be the length of time theyve lived in the
area, or the need to bond for protection, or it simply could
be that there are a solid number of good people in this city.
My block has chosen to live life as if we were all still in high
school, with a sense of serenity and hope rather than resignation
this issue, we explore crime from various perspectives. To kick
things off, Jenn Lackey gives us insight into the hopeless feeling
shot at while in the relative safety of a front
porch, and explores the rationality of such occurrences.
of being rational,Tom Byrnes recalls his first prime
time television interview, and how badly it went. It could have
been any of us getting grilled on TV, so long as we’d written
a bestseller about OJ Simpson’s murder trial in five days.
many of us are not friendly with officers of the law, we do have
to thank them for Cops, and similar reality-based content to
feel better about ourselves. Officer Hooper records the strange
and interesting incidents occurring in Firth,
Idaho. Weve also compiled a series of real police
reports from around the nation, too good to be fake.
the Soprano fans out there, weve brought back the timeless
and popular mafia-related Mad
Lib. While were on the subject, weve also compiled
a list of least popular mafia
knick names. If that doesnt
bend your nose, then try "Things
That Ought to be a Crime but Arent" or "Least
Known Superheroes" that
keep our streets safe. You have nothing to fear.