So I have lived on the Southside off Main Street for 6 years. I have slowly seen the gangs become more prominent in areas considered relatively safe. The violence is growing. And all people can seem to do it point fingers and place blame. Not on our city council members or police force but on the citizens who have to live with this hell. I didn't ask to hear gunshots at night. I go to college and have 3.7 GPA. I didn't ask for Bloods to come into my neighborhood and mean-mug me. I didn't ask for the girl across the street to get pistol whipped for her ipod. I didn't ask to be to terrified to step out into my parking lot at might fearing some dumb boy in a gang is gonna hurt me. I don't deserve it. And neither do those who live near me in college Hill Courts. Most of those people are just struggling to survive. And to suggest it is their fault for being (more than likely) born in to a disparaging situation and poverty and forced to face very REAL and SCARY issues that threaten their livelihood is completely ridiculous. Those who do suggests such things are clueless about what it is truly like to live in the inner city. And why should we have to move?? Why can't my neighborhood be a safe place for children to play?? WHY? Why can't the police force help stop this problem? And I'm not laying all the blame on the CPD, a lot of it is the denegration of the family structure. More than likely these gangsters have had terrible homes lives where no one showed them how to be a MAN. How to be productive citizens who stand up and do the right thing. All these young men can see is ways to make money any way they can. And it is sad. it is so sad that no one was there to whip these kids when they were doing wrong. that no one cared enough to discipline them and tell them right from wrong. And now we all have to pay for it. So before you start blaming hard working innocent citizens of a terrorized neighborhood maybe you should think about what you really know about the situation. If you don't live it please don't judge. Because I do live it and I am trying to make something of myself and I am terrified. I love my block and my neighborhood and I take pride in it. No matter what everyone else thinks. I have a right as an American to pursue happiness and enjoy liberty and I will be damned if I'm going to let someone chase me out. The city never should have placed rival gangs in such close territories to begin with and I'm sure the chief of police will agree with me.