Not so many years ago, when I was younger, carefree, single and ready to party, downtown was a wonderful place to be on a Friday night.
Clubs such as Eden, the Vue and Rum bay were safe and welcoming, if often rowdy. But, these days downtown is downright dangerous. There have been a number of recent reports about late-night downtown gun fights.
But, at the same time, there have been a number of stories about Springs police cracking down on public nudity.
They appear to care more about bare breasts than about public safety.
It used to be that if undercover cops were lurking downtown, they weren’t worried about nudity. They never bothered to arrest women for indecent exposure or shut down the clubs for liquor license violations or ticket patrons for excessive ogling.
But now things are different. The cops are out in force, and all of those skanky women have been made to change their ways. No more bare breasts! The elevated moral tone of our city must be preserved!
But as many of us have noticed, downtown has changed. Forget ‘Spring Break on Tejon Street’ – it’s now a fully-clothed free-fire zone.
It’s almost comical to listen to our elected and appointed officials solemnly declaim about the importance of the liquor licensing laws and how seriously the city regards violations of these ordinances.
Maybe councilmembers and cops alike ought to stop worrying about nudity and start worrying about public safety.
Downtown after midnight is about as safe as the South Bronx in the 70’s or Newark in the 80’s. Thanks to aggressive and effective policing, as well as neighborhood revitalization, barhopping in Brooklyn is a lot safer than partying on Tejon Street.
Why? Are the police underfunded? Or are we misapplying already – limited funds?
We have a problem. Gangs of armed thugs have essentially taken over much of the club scene, and we seem powerless to do anything about it. Forget the bare breasts, forget DUI sweeps, forget 20 year-olds with fake ID’s, forget speeding tickets, and stop mourning our vanished helicopters-just make the streets safe.
That’s your job – just do it.
And stop staring at those girls!!