Queen Village neighborhood holds meeting on safety following latest Philadelphia shooting

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Homeowners and renters in Philadelphia’s Queen Village neighborhood took their crime concerns directly to those responsible.

As a surrogate for the Queen Village Neighborhood Association’s monthly meeting, the group held a special meeting Thursday night to discuss crime.

“I remember a very different neighborhood 30 years ago. I never thought of taking my daughter for a walk when she was a toddler,” said Queen Village’s Joan Burrill.

Burrill is the face of many of Queen Village’s longtime neighbors who are angered and threatened by the crime.

The meeting came just days after a shootout following the South Street Festival, where a security guard was shot dead after breaking up a fight.

Neighbors say community morale is low because of crime.

“We all have to have an open mind, but patience is running out,” Burrill said.

The group aired their concerns before city and state elected officials, including Congressman Dwight Evans, State Senator Nikil Saval, State Representative Mary Isaacson and Councilman Mark Squilla.

For his part, Mark Squilla, councilor for the 1st Ward, pledged the city’s support to address the crime and other issues.

“What people want to hear is what are you doing to make that change? We talked about it. We talked about our visit to Trenton. You’ve gone 90 days without a murder,” Squilla said.

The trip to Trenton was used as an example of an effective collaborative approach to crime reduction.

“It wasn’t just the police, it was Parks and Recreation, the health department, it was sanitation, it was the streets department. If you have brighter lights it’s a safer road. When you have cleaner streets and cleaner neighborhoods, it’s a safer neighborhood,” Squilla said.

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