On April 29th, 2014 a Cincinnati committee approved that road barriers be placed across McMicken Avenue where prostitution was suspected.
The news media did not view this as collective punishment on the neighborhood. Nor did the news media talk with or hold a press conference with McMicken residents.
However, the unforeseen consequences of the ordinances that
were approved by near unanimous Council decision leave the residents who feel more like captive prisoners in their own neighborhood.
Residents feel the problem is from outsiders that bring crime into the McMicken Ave. area. They could be heard on Wednesday chanting the new petition slogan, ‘We ain’t trickin’ Open-Up McMicken’.
A recent petition effort gathered around 700 signatures from individuals upset that if the ordinance is not challenged, a serious breech of civil rights can take place in other cities and towns across the United States.
Cincinnatian Victoria Sparks and McMicken Avenue resident has led the petition gathering effort. “City Council and the Cincinnati Police Department have criminalized the entire community.” says Vanessa Sparks, long term resident and local non-profit Director of Mohawk Area Development Corporation. “They can do Drug Sweeps, why did they choose to not conduct a John or Prostitution Sweep?” she asks.
Cincinnati city council women Yvette Simpson and Amy Murray offered the barriers as a solution to the neighborhood crimes that happened before one prostitute was found murdered by gunshot.
Sparks and other residents had watched as the prostitution moved from McMicken onto Central Parkway and then into Camp Washington.
To date they have not seen any results from the blockade and state that the inconvenience placed on the elderly and workers catching the bus.
Residents must walk over a half-mile to a rerouted bus stop for public transportation.
The blockade presents a significant risk to emergency service personnel like the Cincinnati Fire Department and Ambulances.
On Monday, June 23rd, 2014 the McMicken residents will be at the Law and Public Safety committee hearing to ask if the barriers come down June 30, 2014 or, remain in place until August.
Cincinnati City Council’s Law and Public Safety committee meeting is chaired by Christopher Smitherman. It was not his department that asked for the barriers.
However, the committee that asked for the barriers filed under the Human Services, Youth & Arts Committee. The ask two who had signed off on the barriers were Yvette Simpson and Amy Murray.
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