The residents of the Richmond District love our district, with our cultural diversity, our unique businesses, and our natural beauty.
However, District One needs some help. We need the equivalent of Vision Zero, with its aim to reduce traffic fatalities. We need a Vision Zero to address the criminality that now exists in the Richmond and also address the degrading of the quality of life we see every day.
This Vision Zero would be more proactive to prevent burglaries. Also, it would respond to the problems of transients trashing our neighborhood and passed out in our doorways. The serial shoplifting could be addressed, along with the open-air drug and alcohol use and the rampant graffiti vandalism. Vision Zero would interact with the severely mentally ill and psychotic individuals roaming the streets at will. Right now, many of our politicians have ideologically driven responses to the aforementioned criminality and quality of life issues. Those responses have been essentially tacit endorsement of the behavior of those creating the problems. Excuses abound.
We are not getting the leadership we need from City Hall. As residents of the Richmond, we have a responsibility to be cognizant of the issues in our community and to be engaged in solving our problems. But realistically, we need the police and social workers’ involvement. I don’t see it happening.
I believe we need a Vision Zero-equivalent policy to bring sanity back to the Richmond. I have a novel idea that I believe would help implement a Vision Zero plan: What if we actually started enforcing our laws with the idea there will be consequences for people’s behavior?
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