Hey how are the roads around those doing? Not dangerous? Do you think we should not walk during night.
I am a homeowner near there with young kids who play with friends in the area. It's very disconcerting to have a shooting in the neighborhood; so I'm trying to balance a parental protection instinct with a commitment to living (and thriving) in the north end. All I can say is with all past shootings, no bystander/innocent has been caught (yet) in the crossfire. I think (hope) these are intensely personal crimes.
This is so depressing. Overall the neighborhood (Pearl St. between Grand and Liberty) has improved mightily over the past year, but when something like this happens it becomes the only thing anyone will talk about. Good luck to those people trying to sell their homes: any internet search for your address will probably pull this article up right near the top.
To the first commenter who asked about the roads:I never feel in danger on Pearl St. I've never had a single problem with being approached in a negative way. Partly I believe it's because I'm recognized as that guy that lives right there, but also I think it's because it's not really dangerous. There aren't tons of hustlers or open gun-toters or anything like that. I've got to think this shooting was a pre-meditated personal vendetta thing. I sure hope it was.
I've been talking to people and it seems like this is definitely a personal issue. Yes, we all want gun violence to go away, but, as neighborhoods go, I never feel unsafe here, either. I live a few blocks away and walk a lot. With my family, without...I know I'm the cheerleader of the North End, so you can take it for what it's worth, but I am very familiar with the neighborhood and it's people. We're working really hard to change the dynamic from one of fear to one of empowerment. Obviously, we need to deal with and get rid of the violence, but if it does ease anyone's mind, it is specific, targeted and very limited. None of the events of the last few months have been random. The minute we stop walking around and staying in our houses out of fear, we've given up the neighborhood. I know a lot of North End families that aren't giving up that easily.
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