The August 2011 issue of Scientific American has an article entitled “How New York Beat Crime” that discusses how in the past two decades New York achieved the largest and longest sustained drop in street crime ever experienced by a big city. It has nothing to do with solving underlying problems of income inequity, poor education or improved housing, though obviously it would be excellent to solve all of those issues, too.
A few years before the Peace Corps assigned me to St. Joseph’s College, Sasse, in West Cameroon, Father Cunningham, a Mill Hill missionary, was made principal of the school and ordered to take back control from unruly students. Father Cunningham hired Mr. Tansinda to be Master of Discipline. The two of them figured out who the trouble makers were. They expelled some and allowed the rest to stay after being caned, for this was a boarding high school for about 400 boys in the British tradition.
Let’s be honest: I have found that the Cleveland Heights Bicycle Coalition could be a full-time job, because there’s so much to do to encourage and facilitate bicycling in our city! Fortunately, lots of people embrace this cause and want to help.