Capital Video claims it enjoys an “excellent relationship with its host communities”. That doesn’t appear to be the case in Springfield. Urban Compass, a blog at the Valley Advocate, reports today that
Regarding the [Springfield Capital Video] store, Police Commissioner Edward Flynn put out a call recently for downtown residents to attend a License Commission violation hearing, originally scheduled for yesterday at 1:00 pm in City Hall’s Room 220.
The hearing, allegedly for license violations regarding five counts of illegal activity including drug sales on or near the premises and lewd activity, was postponed early this week. The License Commission does not invite public comment at its hearings, but residents can send concerns about Amazing.net to: Springfield License Commission, Room 317, City Hall, Springfield, MA 01103.
Many in the opposition have been asking us for contemporary local examples of secondary effects. It would appear that Capital Video is obliging them.
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Crime is not just an issue of physical safety, it’s an economic issue. Today’s Republican reports:
“The No. 1 economic development program in Springfield is the Springfield Police Department,” David B. Panagore, chief development officer for the Springfield Finance Control Board, told a crowd at the Omni Parker Hotel in Boston. “Everything else is an afterthought…”
During the discussion, [Springfield Police Commissioner Edward] Flynn agreed with Panagore, saying that problems such as graffiti, abandoned buildings, prostitution and substance abuse hurt the morale of citizens and drive up fear.
“I want to see crime come down, fear come down and the for-sale signs come down,” Flynn said…
Flynn said he frequently encounters a “culture of victimization, defeat and bitterness” that is slowing progress in Springfield.
“I understand it on one level,” Flynn said. “On the other hand, it’s a corrosive cancer.”