Observer15 ((Observer Again))
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Date Posted: 17:35:45 08/05/17 Sat
This will be my last on this subject lest I become like Observer but I cannot let him hold sway here. I do not accept he has “proved his point” at all. Statistics have to be interpreted: otherwise lies, damn lies, and statistics.
Yes, for sure, pockets of New Haven have serious crime –unfortunately there are poor enclaves there where textiles and manufacturing have moved out (the tale of many an American city) where gangs mostly are killing one another. The area around the campus has improved just about 1000% since the 1980s and is now filled with upscale stores, terrific restaurants and cultural institutions as reported in my last entry. These areas are flourishing as anyone who is actually there can see. Construction is booming and people want to live downtown. It is of course where Yale students are likely to walk and be.
Most forms of crime around campus –including thefts etc are no worse in New Haven than Cambridge and in fact at Yale are dramatically down in recent decades (plural) and only those who have not been there or are attached to old news for personal reasons say otherwise. Harvard has plenty of warnings on how to keep safe at night: http://www.hio.harvard.edu/safety and there is good reason you are warned not to walk alone at night.It is no more safe or unsafe to walk between Adams House and the Quad at night than it is to walk between TD and Davenport. You see beggars on the sidewalks around Harvard as you do in New Haven.
As to serious crimes, unfortunately, these can -and do –happen everywhere. Below three horrific famous Harvard murder cases followed by two horrific famous Yale cases, each a bit different. Point: terrible things can and do happen anywhere. These sad crimes below happened either on or near the campuses of both institutions, perpetrated by students as well as others.
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