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Does the big city really care about our safety and well being?
The answer is yes and no.
Yes they care but up to certain point.. where it is financially feasible for them to care..
No they don't care..when they can't find a way to make it financially feasible for them.
Case in point...
In big Metropolis City (named changed to protect the innocent) approximately 42 million dollars was set aside to purchase and install security cameras for 80 public housing buildings. This money was set aside over the last eight years. Here we are in 2012...
Are the cameras installed? No
Has crime increased in these buildings? Yes
Why such a delay? No comment
For almost 8 years the city has put aside millions of dollars for the safety of the residents of public housing and nothing has been done. No explanation as to why or why not. It wasn't until the recent shootings of a toddler and police officer and a woman being stabbed to death, that the question has come up again. It wasn't until a city newspaper probed into the situation that a vague start date was given to begin the installation of these cameras.
And to make matters worse, the chairman of the housing authority lives quite comfortably in a camera secured building. It would have been easy for some to pull the 'race' card on this but when the head is the same constituency as the majority of those living in public housing projects you begin to wonder. Why?
This isn't about black or white..It is about green. It wasn't financially lucarative for anyone (officials, installers, etc) to install these cameras because it would mean that they would have to spend money not just in installation but in hiring people to monitor the cameras.
What!?! Create jobs in this economy?
We will never know the exact reasons why the housing authority sat on this money and delayed camera installation for so long. in the meantime, all we can do is wait and watch to see if they do something. In the meantime..how many more innocent people will get hurt or lose their lives because it wasn't financially lucrative to install cameras and save lives.