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@drumz: True but that usually boils down to trying to use zoning and other tools from it ever happening in the first place.

Yeah, trying to stop transit and the associated development is a bad idea because its needed for economic growth. A rational mitigation strategy is an increased police presence as TMT noted above regarding Tysons.

In DC, Chief Lanier has been asking for more police and Gray supports that request but the Council shot it down. Only Tommy Wells supported it and understands that gentrification increases (not decreases) the need for police.

Chief Lanier explains:

Lanier keeps a binder stuffed with numbers on 14 areas considered the District’s up-and-coming shopping and residential hubs, including the Southwest Waterfront and City Center along New York Avenue NW.

She’s preparing a five-year plan to detail how she intends to police those neighborhoods in the future.

Today, her attention runs toward areas that include H Street in Northeast and Columbia Heights and the U Street corridor in Northwest. On H Street, residents had long complained of rampant drug dealing and prostitution. Redevelopment has brought new businesses, residents and visitors, but also more street robberies and late-night nuisance crime.

by Falls Church on Dec 28, 2012 7:07 pm • linkreport

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