Lynn obviously has serious work to do, with the 3rd highest crime rate in the state, 106th in the entire country. Living right next door most of my life, I've always had a vested interest in the city. It's impacted me for the better - my family owned a business there for around 20 years. It's also produced the absolute low point of my entire life thus far, when my then 18 year old cousin was shot down in the city by a concealed handgun, becoming just another statistic.
Mayor Chip Clancy says he hasn't heard outcries about high crime rates at any recent neighborhood meetings. I'd like to know what neighborhoods those meetings are in. Lynn, like most cities, has its safe areas as well as its dangerous ones. While there may not be any outcry in Ward 1, that doesn't mean there aren't people who are literally crying. At least six families are crying about someone who was robbed from their lives forever in Lynn this year.
Lynn can't become a prosperous city again until it figures out how to tackle its crime problem, how to get community members involved and how to mitigate and prevent the underlying problems that fuel violent crime. It's no easy task and will take some time, but the city has got to realize it has a serious problem on its hand - that there is that outcry, even if it's only bubbling at the surface.