How Dangerous Streets Limit People’s Experience of Their Neighborhood

5 Mar

How Dangerous Streets Limit People’s Experience of Their Neighborhood.

Okay, one more. This article is again about walkable streets and their connection to safety.

There were two murders in my Pasadena neighborhood in the past week. I wonder if these murders would have happened if more folks were around — a kind of accountability with the presence of people.

Each murder was accomplished with a gun. So of course the solution is more complex than simply better visibility and more eyes on the street.

It’s my view that we need to limit guns. Jesus said one sword was enough — and in the same breath, that those who live by the sword die by the sword. We are to put our trust in God for our protection, not violence.

But we also find the presence of God in each other, often unexpectedly, as we meet on streets.

We met the presence of God last week when we gathered around on the streets, with the candles and pictures and the families who had lost their loved ones. We cried with them and heard stories of these two youth, 19 and 18, who were vibrant, fun-loving souls. May we all find unexpected joy in our streets.

Jill Shook

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One Response to “How Dangerous Streets Limit People’s Experience of Their Neighborhood”

  1. Laura Rector March 5, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    Jill, I’m glad you’ve started a blog. I look forward to hearing more about these issues!

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