Saturday, October 15, 2005
DLC praises San Jose urban revitalization strategy
Our friends at Booker Rising called my attention to this idea of the week from the Democratic Leadership Council concerning urban revitalization http://tinyurl.com/dmnnd. I am glad to know that the City of San Jose under the leadership of Mayor Ron Gonzales and the DLC are focusing on the need for stable neighborhoods. A city is only as strong as its neighborhoods. We should support initiatives that improve the quality of life in urban neighborhoods. Community policing has been an effective strategy to build communication and trust between local residents and law enforcement. Neighborhood beautification and anti-graffiti campaigns can make a difference in reducing urban blight and crime rates. Environmental design concepts have been applied to urban neighborhoods to give residents relief from traffic and crime by carefully targeted street closures and traffic diverting. Neighborhood civic and church groups can help homeowners bring their property up to code enforcement standards and improve pride in the appearance of the community. All of these things help to improve our urban neighborhoods which is very important since everyone deserves a decent place to live.