After a little bit of a blogging hiatus, ok ok, a month or two, not really a huge one, I am all enthused to share my musings about life with my darling possums…again….and maybe a few less password protected posts ;) . Last Friday I wrote something about my fantastic little Eastie and the walks I take with the canines……and my favorite folks at Universalhub linked me. I do have to admit, it’s so nice to get linked and have new readers pop in. And as pathetic as it sounds, since I don’t work for a newspaper anymore and I don’t get to see my byline in print anymore, getting a little link speaks to my tiny ego. ;) (by no means do I mean to compare news writing and blogging, but it’s nice to be linked anyway).
Here is my pet peeve….every time I click on Eastie Neighborhood on Universalhub I often see an avalanche of crime stories. Why? The East Boston Police Department is apparently about full disclosure and tweets or posts whatever the fuck happens somewhere.
Now. It’s news and I am all for putting that shit out there, but not all neighborhood police departments do this. At least that’s my impression. And the ones that do, hey, they need to be aware that this is the result.
So when I look at, for example, rape stats and see East Boston being lower than last year’s and overall low compared other neighborhood, I think to myself, damn, someone who doesn’t know Eastie, might be scared.
Reading that it appears I shouldn’t leave my house without an armed guard and nothing could be further from the truth. I feel very safe here. Of course it’s a city and I am not going to schlepp myself home at 2 am on high heels drunk as a skunk. That’s just called basic survival skills and let’s not be stupid. That would be a bad decision in any city or neighborhood, even in my tiny German hometown :)
I do commend the Eastie PD for putting the dirty laundry of the neighborhood out there. Yes, we are a city neighborhood, even if many think because we are across the water we are on a different planet. Yes, shit happens here. Yes, crime happens here. Yes, we are more working class and less yuppie. But I will venture out to say, that if Southie, South End, Back Bay, Downtown, if all of those Police Departments would also diligently report every time someone pisses up the wrong pole and gets electrocuted, their neighborhood reports would look differently.
On that note. The Eastie PD maybe shouldn’t write every time a kid gets his tongue stuck to a frozen pole. I can’t blame any news site who picks that up. Go for it. It’s out there. I’d just like the other Police Departments to do the same so I don’t always have to explain to people that I, in fact, do not live in crime central, but in a really fantastic neighborhood where I can walk my dogs and get views like this:
And, yes, I totally wrote this hoping it will get linked and when people click on Eastie in the future and see 10 posts about mugging and knife attacks, they see this one too ;) It is not beneath me to beg. ;) This is a great neighborhood like most others in this city of ours. :)
*stepping off soap box*