It is easy to understand why nearly all have given up on cleaning up Edgemere Court, the most crime-ridden block in the city.
Charter schools, workshops, stepped-up patrols, even the opening of a Cub Foods supermarket have been brought in to improve life for the impoverished residents inside the squalid Northeastside cul-de-sac. Nothing, however, has freed the neighborhood and Phoenix Apartments, the complex inside it, from bullet-riddled windows, crumbling steps and gun-toting fugitives.
But if Indianapolis hopes to stem rising crime, it can't afford to ignore Edgemere Court or neighborhoods like it. City officials and community leaders must step up and sustain efforts to sweep away the mayhem and urban decay . . .
None of this can work without grass-roots efforts. Community programs such as Save the Youth, run by former Edgemere Court resident Byron Alston, can provide hope to the youths mired in the squalor.
Far too many innocent lives have fallen prey to the dangers in neighborhoods like Edgemere Court. An aggressive turnaround is the key to making the city safer, and stemming needless bloodshed.
The editorial is noticeably missing any mention of who has been in charge of city government for the past 8 years and owes us some accountability for the inaction. The newspaper really defeats the impact of Tully's reporting if it is simply going to let Peterson and the Democrats off the hook this easily.