Saturday morning The Dallas Morning News ran a frontpage story about violent crimes committed in Downtown Dallas ("Violence fuels worries about downtown," A1, July 22, 2006).
Reporter David Levinthal chronicles recent events involving shootings, stabbings and death on the streets of our downtown area. His report went on to discuss how developers fear the recent events could cool the resurgence of what has become a bustling area.
Community responses and various solutions to the growing problem are being discussed by city officials, including city police and Angela Hunt, the highly effective Dallas City Council Member representing most of the downtown area.
The article can be read in its entirety at:
My purpose here is very simple.
For the record, these terrible crimes were not committed by homeless persons.
It appears that gang activity was involved in one of the recent events. Intoxication, and personal altercations that began in bars and night clubs and spilled onto the streets stand behind some of the other crimes.
No one involved was homeless.
That is something to remember the next time you encounter a panhandler on the street or wonder about the feasibility of providing permanent housing for the poorest of our fellow citizens.