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Why Did APD Try New Approach?

RECEIVED Thu., Sept. 26, 2013

Dear Editor,
    Although I think the focus on "The Corner" can yield many positive results, I'm curious to see a follow-up on why APD only recently began this comprehensive approach [“Reclaiming 'The Corner,'” News, Sept. 20]. Was it budget constraints, new law enforcement methods that have been studied and only recently promoted, or the fact that the area is now one in a long line of Austin neighborhoods being gentrified? It's beneficial to see a long-neglected area revitalized, but why must deep-rooted residents be ignored for so long until that happens?
Ram Hinojosa
   Editor's Note: As Jordan Smith's earlier coverage of this story reports [“Working 'The Corner,'” July 13, 2012], the effort addressing the situation around 12th and Chicon was based on "new law enforcement methods that have been studied and only recently promoted," most specifically the High Point Drug Market Intervention model, which had been used there and elsewhere with considerable success at shutting down open-air drug markets and attendant criminal activity.
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