Monday, October 30, 2006

Small Victories for the Vain

"You made my day! There's a new hope and a new spirit."
- Camden, New Jersey Mayor Gwendolyn Faison, upon hearing that St. Louis, not Camden, is now the top on the list of most dangerous cities in America.

Don't start planning the party yet, Gwen, Camden is still #5 on the list, and for good reason. Almost 1,700 violent crimes last year, and only 80K residents? Ok, minus the 33 that got killed last year.

If you're into spreadsheets, you can get the national scoop here:

http://www.fbi.gov/filelink.html?file=/ucr/05cius/data/documents/05tbl08.xls

Now, Francis Slay, the mayor of St. Louis is duly crushed, and had not, as yet, found words to express his disappointment. I imagine that Ms. Faison's exuberance will not help much.

1 comment:

Carolina Cannonball said...

Charlotte is #8 on the list, I dont doubt it. I will never stop for gas at night in Charlotte.