Monday, August 20, 2007

Maybe it's all relative, depending on who you ask

I always read story chat comments on our web site and hear talk of how Shreveport is such an extremely violent city.
I even remember one mayoral candidate last year referring to the city as a future Baghdad during one of those colorful, more entertaining-than-informative forums.

I don’t deny the violence exists and I’ve read the stories we’ve reported about the city's rankings and such. But I guess since I’m from here and lived here practically all my life, unharmed, I never thought it was as violent compared to other cities.

I mean, forgive my ignorance. In fact, enlighten me on something: Is crime in Shreveport really unusually, extremely high, especially compared to cities of the same size or larger? Or is it all relative?


Anonymous said...

More noticeable to me is all racist comments on the site from ignorant and intolerant people.

Donecia Pea said...

Yeah I have to agree with you anonymous. I can barely stand to read them anymore. Ignorance is so counterproductive.

Kathryn Usher said...

I think all cities have their difficulties.

Smart City is an excellent public radio program that you can listen to on your computer if you can't catch it on Red River Radio.

It's always interesting to hear how other cities are dealing with modern day challenges. You can find it at

Donecia Pea said...

Thanks Kathryn,
I'll definitely check that out.