(Latest in a series of posts about Neighborhoods)
I think we need real neighborhood associations. Although every one can be different, the “block watch” idea is focused on police matters of safety, crime, and maybe traffic. How about land use, zoning, code enforcement, and so on?
At the Moravian Block Watch Officer Buskirk offered himself as a kind of conduit to other City agencies, but wouldn’t it be a good idea if other City officials attended such meetings?
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2 thoughts on “Widening the Watch”
As Deputy Director of Community Development I would attend neighborhood blockwatch meetings regularly along with then Chief Housing Inspector Mike Palos. By our presence we were able to tackle issues before they become big problems, and we could channel matters to other departments the day after attending these meetings. What was the big difference between then and now? I lived in Bethlehem all of my life and treated people as if I was living next door to them. Mike, although living in a nearby municipality, had grown up in Bethlehem’s southside and lived here for many years after until moving before he became a city official. Nowadays, many of the non city residents working in city hall don’t want to be bothered!
Residents knew our families and we knew their’s. It was about service first. Sadly that concept has been lost.
Peter Crownfield is always thinking. He is spot on with his suggestion, “How about land use, zoning, code enforcement, and so on?” SPOT ON!