Indianapolis placed sixth behind such bastions of safety Detroit, Baltimore, Memphis, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia in the CQ Press’ rankings of the most dangerous cities as quoted in the Huffington Post. According to CQ Press, Indianapolis is more dangerous than Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, or even Washington, D.C.
This list won’t make anyone proud, and we really need to do something about it. Unfortunately, Mayor Greg Ballard's message is too often that it’s criminals shooting criminals, and he’s right. These lists, however, don’t take into account those things. Whenever a human life is lost, it’s a tragedy…no matter who is lost. That was a person with the potential to do great things.
We have too much evil in this world, and it pains me to see my hometown on a list like this. Perhaps someday soon we’ll see a Mayor and an administration that will treat these problems with the remedies they deserve.
On an unrelated yet sort of related note, the Indiana General Assembly passed funding for a downtown soccer stadium for the Indy Eleven even though the team has not played a game. How much could $87 million have solved when it comes to public safety issues? If we don't make Indy safer, people won't want to go downtown to watch a soccer game for fear of being mugged, carjacked, or worse on the way.