Community must act to reduce crime rate

Recently, Buffalo was ranked 10th on the most dangerous cities in our nation. When I heard this, I couldn’t help but wonder what has happened to our once beautiful city. This area has been home my entire life, and it worries me that at one point I may have to leave here because it’s too dangerous. It seems that the stories of fights, DWIs, drug possession and even murders are becoming more and more common. Where has all of the pride for our city gone?

Now, instead of being known for our chicken wings and Niagara Falls, we’ll be known as a dangerous place. How will that affect our businesses? Will tourists still want to come here? And will people want to stay? I’m a young mother, and I would like nothing more than to have my daughter grow up and experience her childhood where I experienced mine. But I’m afraid that won’t be possible unless the community as a whole comes together to stop this downward spiral.

Buffalo has so much potential to shine, the way it once was the City of Light. This is our home. Why are we destroying it?

Emma Ann Meer