by Bram Reichbaum
We are aware of some of the challenges common to poverty-stricken and minority city neighborhoods.
We know that Homewood is, among other things, one of Pittsburgh's own.
But we seem to hear in particular about this Race St. an awful lot, both good and bad.
A notoriously "unsafe neighborhood," as my dad would say.
Now more notorious still:
Steven Wise, 60, a Homewood man who lives around the corner from Brushton Avenue, said he heard 25 or 30 shots and saw a man laying in the middle of the street.
He said he has lived in the neighborhood for 50 years and things have "never been this bad."
Another longtime resident asked "Why is this happening?" (P-G, Navratil & Zimmerman)
How do we handle this? Short-, medium- and long-term? What sort of "blitz," what sort of strategy, what sort of components?