Given some of the recent topics of discussion on this forum, I thought I'd post this excerpt from the recently released "state of center city" report published by the Center City District (CCD). This report indicates that an overwhelming majority of Center City residents feel safe all or most of the time. However, the number one concern of city residents is the number of homeless sleeping on the streets. www.centercityphila.org/docs/SOCC-2009.pdf
"Perceptions of safety remain high, with 77% of survey respondents indicating that they feel safe in Center City always or most of the time, up from 73% last year. Major crime in Center City has dropped by 36% since 1997, while theft from auto fell by almost 73% during this same period."
"Forty-nine percent of respondents to CCD’s annual survey rated as their top priority reducing the number of people sleeping or lying in public places. To address immediate problems, the CCD deploys a specially trained group of CSRs — its Homeless Action Team — to encourage and assist homeless individuals to move to appropriate facilities. In 2008, the CCD also relaunched Real Change(www.MakeRealChange.org), a public information campaign urging the public to contribute to local organizations that provide housing, meals, job training, social and medical services to the homeless rather than give their spare change to those who beg on the street. Committed to providing employment opportunities for those on the path of recovery, the CCD has hired into its maintenance program over 400 formerly homeless, welfare-to-work and other disadvantaged individuals in the last 15 years. While outreach and engagement with this population may be the first and best approach, the CCD continues to recommend that the City of Philadelphia shift more resources to a “housing first” approach and improve its enforcement of basic standards of public behavior by actively discouraging anti-social behavior on our streets."