Waterman Square a “gang-ridden hole”?

Brent Finnegan -- June 25th, 2007

A business owner says so in today’s DNR. However, the article also states:

Despite repeated requests over the past nine days, Harrisonburg Police failed to provide specific information on police calls related to gang activity and crime at Waterman Square… [F]or each of the shopping center’s problems, only some are likely to stem from gang activity, Boshart said. With the robberies at the bakery, for instance, Boshart said, “I don’t know if we can necessarily tie that in with Guzman’s or gang activity. Some things are coincidental.”

While I feel sorry for the business owners at Waterman Square, I also wonder if this publicity will do them more harm than good.

5 Responses to “Waterman Square a “gang-ridden hole”?”

  1. Emmy says:

    When I read the title I thought you were talking about my son’s elementary school! Don’t scare me like that!

  2. finnegan says:

    Title clarified/fixed.

    I think we’ve been conditioned to associate fear with words like “gangs” and “terrorism.” I don’t generally toss out historical quotes, but I recently came across this one from anti-fascist Franz Neumann:

    “If the concepts ‘enemy’ and ‘fear’ constitute the ‘energetic principles’ of politics, a democratic political system is impossible, whether the fear is produced from within or without… If freedom is the absence of restraints, then the restraints to be removed are many, but the psychological restraint of fear ranks first.”

  3. Emmy says:

    Oh I didn’t mean for you to have to change the title! I just hadn’t seen the paper yet so it caught me off guard.

    We are a culture of fear…see I just freaked out because I thought my son was going to a gang-ridden hole everyday.

  4. Del Marvel says:

    By the way, check out Gerard Halloy’s old band “The Shakes” (the business owner mentioned in the article) . Pretty cool.

  5. Bell says:

    Don’t forget the prostitutes!

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