Downtown safety before beauty

August 15, 2013 

After reading The Modesto Bee article on beautifying downtown Modesto ("New focus on downtown," Aug. 6, Page A-1), I have a suggestion. You cannot make downtown successful until you make it safe.

A family member was mugged and knifed downtown a couple of weeks ago, and when reported, the police officer said, "This happens every day downtown."

Maybe we should concentrate less on trying to catch parking meter violators and more on catching criminals.



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