Today’s City Paper has an article about gang activity in Salemtown, which is the neighborhood a few blocks north of us. We’ve seen plenty of the graffiti the article mentions, but we haven’t seen too many other signs of gangs. There’s a liquor & convenience store a few blocks away where youngish guys hang out all through the day and night, and they always affect an intimidating posture and demeanor, but Karsten and I just make sure to stick to other streets when we’re out walking so that’s no big deal.
Gangs suck, but they’re a part of urban life. I just hate to think of non-gang-members getting caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.