More police on the streets needed to make downtown safer
Dear Ann Arbor, I have lived in your city for nearly two decades. I went to Emerson Elementary School, did a brief stint at Saline, and then continued on at University of Michigan Undergraduate and Graduate Schools. I love you! From Zingermans to Le Dog, from the Ark to Shakespeare in the Arb, I think you are tops. You have great hospitals, great schools, great parks, great people!
However, I'm concerned about your welfare. While in undergrad and even in the beginning of grad school, I had little worry about whether or not Ann Arbor was safe. Sadly, after moving to Main Street for my last couple years of graduate school this is definitely not the case anymore.
I've had numerous unfortunate encounters of being heckled and intimidated by individuals roaming the streets. In fact, I stopped walking my dog in the morning to avoid such situations.
Earlier this month I walked around Ann Arbor just to savor the last few moments I have in my favorite place only to be asked for money on nearly every street corner along on Main Street.
So why am I upset? Because I love Ann Arbor and I see it getting taken over by a drugged out, homeless population. Of course I have compassion and feel for people who are suffering with addiction or struggling financially (I am an Ann Arborite after-all), but something needs to be done to keep our streets safe. Please increase the police patrol and make the streets safer. Something needs to be done, or I fear bad things will happen.