During the recent five weeks I had summer visitation with my 13-year-old son, Alex, I would often go to the nearby Burger King to pick up his favorite breakfast of hot "Cini Minis," a chocolate shake and a plain egg croissant sandwich. Other days we'd make scrambled eggs on our own, so it's not like Alex had a "Burger King breakfast" every day, you know? But the Burger King trip happened often enough, and every time I was fetching that breakfast for my son, I would see no-accounts loitering in the alley, sometimes stripping copper wire and leaving a big mess. And who knows where they...
...got the copper wire? A dumpster, maybe, and that would be a commendable act of super-proactive recycling but then again...maybe the copper wire came out of somebody's house. And who can tell with folks who look, act and (wrinkling nose) SMELL like crackheads?
So, every day, I would be calling the police on this loitering while fetching my son his breakfast. As I've written before on this blog, a casual trip to fetch some kind of treat for Alex can end up accidentally involving a great deal of effort from the city's regulatory services!
But it wasn't just me calling about "crackhead alley." Jordan Super Citizen Megan Goodmundson did a lot of calling, too. Finally, the ongoing problem reached a point where we called the city council offices of Don Samuels and Diane Hofstede.
After we called our city council members, it didn't take very long before the alley was cleaned up and the no-accounts, well, they stopped hanging around there so much. I'm sure the day will come when I see them hanging around in the alley again, and I'll have to call the police again, but for now everything is fine. As for the project planned for that building...something good will happen, and good things take time. For now, we just have to clear out the (suspected) crackheads.