Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Wenstrup Says Over-The-Rhine Ranking Cannot Be Ignored

(CINCINNATI, OH) Cincinnati's #1 ranking in WalletPop.com's "25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods" is unacceptable according to Cincinnati Mayoral candidate Brad Wenstrup. Wenstrup pointed out that the area in question was a crime hot spot since before the last mayoral election and the current administration has seemingly not addressed the issue.

"The days of trying to put a happy face on Cincinnati's problems cannot continue," Wenstrup said. "The good people that are trying to live in this area deserve better. Their neighborhood has been allowed to get out of control. The underlying causes are many, and readily addressable. We cannot just 'bury our heads in the sand' or pretend that this is not happening."

WalletPop.com selected Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine as "the most dangerous neighborhood", based on the crime data collected by over 17,000 local law enforcement agencies. According to WalletPop.com, the crimes included in the analysis are "murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault."

"The fact that the Mayor, nor anyone in his office, could be immediately reached to comment on this situation is unfortunate. As Cincinnati's Mayor, I will be accountable to the citizens of the city, accessible to the media, and I will never run away from answering the tough questions," Wenstrup added.