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On a night when D.C. police were out in full force, in an area revitalized by a major shopping center, 9-year-old Oscar Fuentes was killed when a bullet came through the front door of his apartment. Read more.

By Jodi Westrick  |  November 16, 2009; 10:26 AM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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more police are needed but not to "revitalize". police are as ill-suited at revitlization as combat troops are at peace keeping. what the police are needed for is to scare off those who might breach the peace and arrest those who actually do so.

the people of columbia heights are the ones best suited to revitalize it.

Posted by: dummypants | November 16, 2009 1:02 PM


Police can, however, provide a set of necessary conditions. They can arrest and discourage loitering, drunkenness, assaults, drug-dealing, prostitution, and other crimes that contribute to an atmosphere of lawlessness. Since there's certainly plenty of loitering, public drunkenness, and drug-dealing going on in the neighborhood, and since the good citizens of Columbia Heights need police help to solve those problems, there is certainly a great deal the police could be doing.

Posted by: wyoung515 | November 16, 2009 1:19 PM

Another poorly written question by WP. Police don't 'revitalize'. Particularly since that's a loaded term in DC. Almost as bad as 'gentrify'.

Police protect and make you safe. Yes, that often leads to revitalization, but they aren't the same thing.

Posted by: Hillman1 | November 16, 2009 1:54 PM

The premise is silly; the police don't "revitalize" anything.

What's needed in CH is a moving truck. Any family who has a child in one of the suspect gangs needs to have their stuff sitting on the curb at the end of the month.

Posted by: hoos3014 | November 16, 2009 2:24 PM

flood the area with cops to keep the scum away then have search and destroy troops ready wehn they pick another home, do this as many times as necessary until they no longer pose a threat...

Posted by: DwightCollins | November 16, 2009 2:57 PM

Get rid of the public housing and most of the crime will go away.

Posted by: kenk3 | November 16, 2009 4:12 PM

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