“Law and order have broken down at Fort Totten Park”

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Ft. Totten Park

From a press release:

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will be joined by D.C. Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie for a walking tour of Fort Totten Park, owned by the National Park Service (NPS), Today, October 4, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. beginning near the Fort Totten Metro Station. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Angel Alston will also join the tour. Norton is visiting the park in response to complaints from D.C. residents about a spike in violent muggings in the park.

“NPS parks have a generally good reputation for safety, but law and order have broken down at Fort Totten Park,” Norton said. “Its dark paths are and should be handy to residents but off limits to criminals. D.C. residents have every right to feel safe in the city’s parks and NPS has an obligation to do what is necessary to make a walk through the park as safe as possible.”

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  • The National Park Service doesn’t “own” any parks, they manage them with taxpayer funding….so taxpayers technically own the parks.

    • Ruh-right. The federal government doesn’t own property. Next you’re gonna tell me corporations aren’t people.

  • A “generally good reputation for safety”? Has she ever been to Meridian Hill Park at night? It’s not exactly free of sketchy behavior, either.

  • Isn’t not walking through a park at night one of those lessons they teach you in kindergarden? It doesn’t matter how many lights they put up, I still don’t think it’s wise to take that shortcut home.

    • I don’t know, I was in kindergarten in the 70’s, when walking pretty much anywhere in any American city after dark was quite dangerous.

    • Pretty sure there was a violent mugging in that park pretty recently at 2 in the afternoon on a weekday. It’s not always people doing risky behavior putting themselves into these situations.

  • More importantly aren’t they actually closed at night or officially at dusk? Walking through the park at night (which is always dumb) shouldn’t be a problem if it is closed.

  • The map is misleading – the muggings have been happening in an area to the East of the station and that is where the tour will be. This map is of the well-lit path to the West of the station where there haven’t been any muggings recently.

    • Meh, it is fairly well lit. I feel like that path should be lit up like a christmas tree though. It should be like daylight for that .2 miles.

      • Fair enough. I mostly meant in comparison to the path that they are actually talking about, which isn’t paved and which has no lights. But you are right that the lights are pretty dim (apparently, having talked to my ANC Rep, this is because the Park Service will not allow them to be any brighter).

      • I don’t know this particular stretch of trail, but often dimmer lights can provide more safety than really bright klieg lights, b/c your eyes still maintain some adjustment to the dark and can detect movement off the path. When areas are incredibly brightly lit, then everything in the dark is invisible.

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