Thursday, January 8, 2009

Don't be alarmed, this is just a test

"Please Note: On Thursday, December 18, 2008 testing of the gunshot recognition/locator system known as “Shotspotter” will take place in the Mission District. It is anticipated to occur at approximately 9:00 PM and will be occurring at various locations. The testing will occur in the areas of 18th St & Mission, 22nd St. & Valencia, 23rd St and Folsom, and 18th St and Bryant. Please do not hesitate to call 911 if you become aware of suspected gunshot sounds at any other time at those locations." (Post found after an extensive web search at Mission Mission)

This was and is very real. For twenty minutes the night of the 18th, the sound of gunshots rang out throughout my neighborhood. No advanced warning, no notification. Despite the increased popularity of the Mission as an "up and coming" (read: gentrifying; precious) neighborhood, the police seem content to treat it like just another blighted ghetto, ignoring the fact that this densely packed, vibrant and diverse neighborhood is home to thousands of families of all ages.

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