Summer in River East is a special time of year. It's a time for barbecues, block parties, go-go concerts, swimming, baseball, gardening, and fireworks. Yes, summer in River East can be a lot of fun, but it can also be dangerous if we don't do our part in keeping the community safe.
Much of what the average River East resident experiences is petty street crime. And a relatively easy way to curb it is to "Light up the Night." When we light up the night, we turn on our porch lights and open our windows to the community. People on the street can see us, and we can see them. Plain and simple.
Take a stroll down a River East street, and you'll notice that criminals have the advantage. Our individualistic nature that causes us to shut the windows, pull the curtains, and dead-bolt the front door creates an environment were crime can flourish. By providing the cover of night, we are making crime way too easy for criminals.
With brighter safer streets, we will feel more comfortable taking public transportation at night, letting our children play outside, and walking (instead of driving) to the grocery store down the street.
Light up the Night and make River East a more walkable and livable community!