If I had to make a choice between the prior gang, prostitution, dope dealing, and other illegal activities (violations) that Salemtown was well known for. Or this mud violation. No contest..... The cause of that violation [Steve Yokley's failure to control erosion from his construction site] will make for a better neighborhood. The others will not.
- - Commenter JM defending UP, LLC a couple of months ago
New buzz on "houses of ill repute" continue to spring up in Salemtown Neighbors' on-line discussions today. I'm also hearing a good deal of anger expressed at police for what seem to be diminishing patrols. One neighbor reports witnessing police allowing a squatter who had taken up residence in an abandoned house on 6th Avenue to get away in spite of attempts to draw their attention to him climbing out a window and trudging off down the street.
I cannot help but recall how defenders of real estate investors Steve Yokley and Taurus McCain talk about how their developments are driving away problems like prostitution and drug dealing. Mr. McCain even stood before the Metro Council last week and told them during the Public Hearing on Salem Gardens that he was proud that their developments were doing just that.
Today I'm getting word of an alleged house of prostitution and drugs believed to be on 7th Avenue. Also, ironically, a trustworthy source tells me that an alleged hooker is currently renting one of Mr. Yokley's older Salemtown properties. Making our neighborhood better, huh? The moral power of real estate investment would be staggering, I'm sure, if it had any teeth in its impotent jaws.
We are still waiting for a response from the Central Police Precinct on this issue. Heck, I'm still waiting for Central to get back to us on the drive-by shooting near 8th and Garfield the other night. You would think that we would have been advised on that yesterday, given the nature of the crime.