As a resident of District 2 in the city of Pittsburgh, I am very active and very concerned regarding the recent rash of violence in some of our neighborhoods.
Many residents who are equally involved or caring about our community appreciate the prominent police presence and the response from Mayor Bill Peduto and Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith.
Residents of the city’s West End neighborhoods realize that the police presence serves as one component of the multipronged approached that is needed. We, as residents, do not want to become a community of vigils, marches and rallies; we want to serve as a community of action.
We realize that we need to be part of the solution, which is why we are working with our councilwoman, residents, churches and social service agencies to create a sustainable effort to knock on every door in the neighborhoods most impacted by the violence to see what is going on inside the homes, what services are needed and how we can change the culture that is generating the violence among our youth.
When the West End has an issue, we unite, not divide, and we work together to serve as part of the solution.