Neighborhood Vision 2025
All stakeholders of the MidTown community - new and long-time residents, neighbors, area employees, and business-owners - share the desire to improve the real and perceived safety of the MidTown Neighborhood. These improvements will improve the health outcomes of the community and draw new investments to the area. These benefits will be achieved through the combined efforts to improve data tracking, connect stakeholders to local resources, and implement programs to bring Safety Ambassadors to the area.
Pursue upgraded pedestrian lighting for neighborhood streets and key intersections. Encourage local businesses to invest in security cameras and implement facade lighting.
Work with schools to identify routes and parent volunteers for Safe Routes to Schools;
Encourage local employers to provide escorts to vehicles and transit stops by safety personnel until MidTown SID/CID is established.
Improve Neighborhood Safety
Create SID/CID in MidTown with Safety Ambassadors
Special Improvement Districts (SIDs) are funded by local businesses within a defined area and provide increased / targeted services such as street cleanup, security, enhanced landscaping or wayfinding to support those areas and businesses. The benefits of creating Ambassadors as part of the SID program include safety benefits of increasing “eyes on the street” and providing an additional resource for visitors to MidTown.
Track Crime in Midtown and Surrounding Neighborhoods to Focus Safety Interventions
Create standard to measure safety against past trends and neighboring areas and ensure collaboration and info sharing among safety agencies/partners. Use real-time data to help identify physical interventions to enhance safety (increase night-lighting, security cameras, etc). And, disseminate information to local residents and businesses.
Launch a Safety Campaign that Includes a Guide With Non-Police Emergency Resources
Research and promote non-CPD response options to decrease potential police violence. Circulate information about non-police emergency resources (mental health intervention, etc) that already exist with local partners. Encourage residents and businesses to talk with neighbors prior to involving CPD.