Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best boasted during the recent election campaign that she frequently walks downtown at night in response to characterizations of the core as unsafe. But it's a pretty good bet that her perambulations are in the boutique-y parts of the core before the bars get out… 'cause that ain't where the action is. Like a videogame, the Dundas and Richmond area gets hit again:
Update: DeCicco-Best, commenting on the most recent still-unsolved shootings, demonstrates again the acute perception and problem-solving acumen that has made her a political powerhouse in London:
London police are investigating after early morning gunplay in the core left several buildings damaged. At least 10 shots were fired, likely by two shooters, police said this morning. Police also believe there is a victim out there, but have not yet identified anyone who has been shot.
Wow… what is she talking about? If it were anyone else, I'd chalk up the discombobulation to the slapdash anti-context editing practises of the Free Press, but having heard the mayor's double-plus-happy-speak in person I'm inclined to give the newspaper the benefit of the doubt.
"To me, this is not about the downtown," she said. "We'll certainly continue our revitalization effort, but there are bigger questions here about community safety.