Just days after a major exhibit opened at the Bronx Documentary Center this past Saturday in Melrose which depicts the humanity behind the most turbulent times in our history, 2012 murder statistics were posted revealing that The Bronx is safer than Boston. In fact, according to the data posted by the Gothamist, our borough is safer than a host of other cities such as Cleveland, Houston, Philadelphia, and Dallas to name a few.
The posting went on to say that numbers this low haven’t been seen since 1963 – which was long before the borough acquired the image of a broken Bronx that still burns in the world’s eyes. This is a moment that we as Bronxites should be proud but let’s not fall asleep on the wheel for we still have much work to do in this area.
There is, however, a number that has increased in the borough rather than decrease. We proudly paved the way for an explosion in the use of libraries which has left the other boroughs in the dust. Let’s keep up the good work, folks.