compton crime down

January 25, 2009

The Compton that N.W.A., Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg made famous is apparently no more as homocide rates in the infamous L.A. enclave are half of what they were two years ago and only a third of what they were 10 years ago. There are a lot of factors that have gone into the increased feeling of safety bubbling through the community (L.A. County Sherrif presence, influx of nationally franchised businesses, increased gang and patrol forces), but the one that has been the most beneficial is the city’s general sense of pride. In an article on the front page of the L.A. Times California section yesterday, Scott Gold discussed the numerical data and human-interest facets to Compton’s upward mobility story. Accompanied by several uplifitng photos of citizens rejoicing in church and children getting homework help, the story discussed the raise in morale and community confidence in Compton, admitting that while there is still a long way to go, the formerly dangerous territory has finally made its residents feel safe. People are walking their dogs, children are attending after school programs (testing better, too) and every day–mostly–is a good day (without A.K’s).

R.I.P. the era of Friday and coastal hip hop rivalries

Nevermind the cities that all your gang members are swarming into and ravaging like they did yours (we’ll check with Vegas, Riverside and Bakersfield in a few years), you’re well on your way to beating out Brick Township, New Jersey for safest city in the country. Congratulations Compton! Ha-ROO!

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