Time to Move?

Well, it’s nice to find your observations justified and backed by facts and figures, but it’s horrible when that observation is your hometown is turning into a crime ridden cess pool. Orlando is now ranked #25 in America for the most unsafe cities, and #1 in all of Florida, beating out Miami, Tampa and Jacksonville. So, while the cops look around for excuses and the mayor has his head in the clouds with visions of sugar plum fairies waltzing from their condos to a play at the new performing arts center (assuming those fairies don’t get mugged and murdered on Pine Street or something), The City Beautiful is right on track to become the new setting for HBO’s crime drama The Wire, about drug gang murders and crooked politicians. Congrats to every member of our local leadership, from the Mayor’s office, to the city council, and all of Orange County too. You have let my quiet hometown turn into the place in Florida you are most likely to get stabbed by sheer ignorant negligence. So, are you going to do something now that it’s official, or are you just going to keep your collective heads planted firmly up your arses?

11 Comments so far

  1. Terry Howard (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 10:01 am

    I realized that despite the Sentinel article’s headline mentioning Orlando, the article itself says nothing about the city involved in that list. However, here is the actual list from the source: http://www.morganquitno.com/cit07pop.htm#25

  2. Michelle (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 6:22 am

    I saw that on the news, which was followed by vigorous denial about the problem from the police chief, followed by reports of a car jacking in broad daylight, another robbery, an unidentified dead body found in the woods and one other crime I can’t recall.

    We have to face that Orlando is a big city and deal with it as such. A new arena and PAC doesn’t mean squat to me if I’m afraid to step outside my apartment at night.

  3. Terry Howard (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 10:08 am

    That’s what gets my goat the most I think, Dyer with his head in the clouds and the police looking for excuses. I heard some kind of statement to the effect by the police that “people just don’t care anymore”…. yeah, it’s you! If you cared you’d divert so much attention away from speed traps and towards the murders and robbery. And if the Mayor cared, he would solve problem A, before building luxury B, C and D. I still can’t go over the fact that a body was found duct taped to a tire, executed gang style in Lake fricken Conway, and all we heard was “we’ll consider closing that park at night at the next council meeting.” HUH????

  4. Kellan Lawing (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 2:16 am

    What gets me is that this data is pulled from last year’s stats. Didn’t we have a record breaking homicide rate this year? I can only imagine what place Orlando will hold when the next statistical analysis comes out. I’m not very well versed in political/societal issues of this nature. How does a city overcome a problem like this?

  5. Terry Howard (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 9:55 am

    It seems to me step 1 is admitting you have a problem, something our leadership and law enforcement haven’t done. Step 2 would be to re-evaluate the city’s priorities and adjust budget spending and time in council session to match. I really think building new arenas takes a back burner to letting low income areas sprawl further and crime increases go unanswered. I want to see more cops on the street, ON THE STREET, get out of the squad cars and interact and engage the communities. Put down the radar guns in the mornings and focus on the drag racers and drug runners at night. Every cop targeting a working citizen during their commute is man hours paid in the wrong place. I mean, if the leadership and police really don’t have a clue then just step down and let someone else work it, or just ask people, I’m not the only one bursting with advice. Point is, the citizens don’t care who gets it done, really, we just want it done.

  6. Charlie (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 5:35 pm

    I’m from New Orleans. You guys are in Disney World.

  7. Terry Howard (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 5:49 pm

    Not sure what that means, but I’ll go out on a limb and say you’re suggesting I should cry you a river because your cess pool of a city got a hurricane and became a floating cess pool of a city. I feel for the victims of Katrina, I really do, but you are not unique. I myself, family members and friends have been made homeless too a year before Katrina and hurricane damage in general is par for the course in Florida. As for us being in Disney World, well, apparently you are new to this blog and haven’t seen the million and one things this area is good for besides mouse ears and roller coasters, but even if we are in, as you say, “Disney World”, I would like to keep it that way so we do not become a cess pool of a city, floating or dry.

  8. doctorj (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 8:31 pm

    Gosh Terry,
    As a New Orleanian, all I have to say is thanks for the support. Count those gold coins like Scrooge and don’t help or even support your fellow Americans. Disgusting!

  9. francomom (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 3:17 pm

    As mentioned above, the first step is to admit there is a problem. As recent as this mornings newscast homicides are occuring and the local newspaper is focused on our upcoming State of the Art Performing Arts Center downtown. Is Mayor Buddy Dyer in denial?

    On August 14, 06 he unveiled a News Release detailing his “Neighborhood Safety Task Force” THE SECOND SENTENCE reads;

    “While Orlando is not alone in the recent escalation of violent crime, cities across the country are facing similar challenges,”

    The second sentence speaks volumes of why we are not addressing the problem correctly. I cannot stand the way City officials have been making excuses, scapegoating etc..

    The truth is the crime rate has crept up in Orlando until it has reached an acute problem status. Mayor Dyer has bussied himself with downtown development and failed to keep up with problems like crime that come with a rapidly growing city.

    It happened on his watch and long time Orlando residents are sick of it. Who gives a flip about a culturally enlightened downtown when Orlando is being discussed nationally as one of the most dangerous cities in the US?

    Mayor Dyer should check out Kevin Johnson’s article on the US Today Website.

  10. francomom (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 6:56 pm


    USA Today 10/31/06

  11. Leaving FL once again (unregistered) on November 19th, 2006 @ 11:23 pm

    I can personally attest to this crime situation as I was robbed at gunpoint about 8 hrs before this topic was started. The only thing that I was guilty of was trying to go up to my girl’s condo, study, and go to sleep. Now, I grew up in Miami and left MIA 5.5 yrs ago to get away from the craziness. AFter 3 years in Seattle, I decided to come back to FL to go back to school. I chose ORlando b/c I didn’t wanna go back to ‘dangerous’ Miami and I have family here. Man I wish they would’ve told me that this town currently makes Miami look like Caribou, Maine in terms of safety. 22 years in Miami (in the ‘hood’), and it only takes less than 5 months in Orlando for some desperate low life to put a gun to my head and rob me. Unbelievable. I wish you all well with staying here to deal with this problem further but I think that i’ve made a big mistake moving back here so I think i’ll take my chances with the hippies in the Northwest. Since this incident all i’ve heard from people is,’ You just can’t leave b/c of this; It could happen anywhere.’ That is true, however, I’ve lived a lot of places, good and bad; safe and shady. It didn’t happen anywhere, It happened here. It’s too bad b/c I used to like to come up here to visit to get away from the craziness.

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