What Key Issues Plague Midtown and Should Be Addressed Immediately?

Thieves, Prostitution, Traffic, etc., What needs to be addressed?

The Midtown Ponce Security Alliance recently wrote an article for its readers, highlighting what they believe is the key issues affecting Midtown residents that need to be addressed by the current legislature.

According to the MPSA, the number one issue is the consistent prostitution that goes on at night in and around the various neighborhoods.  

The MPSA wrote, "enhancing the incarcerability of the street prostitutes and their johns who plague a certain part of the neighborhood on a nightly basis. We are calling for legislation to more effectively help us in dealing with a problematic segment of our street criminals."

Currently prostitution and pandering is only a misdemeanor, and many residents including the MPSA believes that there is an opportunity to update the charge and punishment to something called, "aggravated assault," which would carry heavier penalties.  "We will suggest 'within 500 feet of a window or door of any dwelling', and work to have that designated a felony punishable up to five years incarceration," says MPSA.

Read the full article by clicking the link.

What is your opinion?  What are the issues that Midtown needs to address immediately to improve our neighborhoods?  And what suggestions do you have to make these changes a reality?

These are the current laws on the books:

§ 16-6-9. Prostitution: A person commits the offense of prostitution when he or she performs or offers or consents to perform a sexual act, including but not limited to sexual intercourse or sodomy, for money or other items of value.

§ 16-6-12. Pandering: A person commits the offense of pandering when he or she solicits a person to perform an act of prostitution in his or her own behalf or in behalf of a third person or when he or she knowingly assembles persons at a fixed place for the purpose of being solicited by others to perform an act of prostitution.

16-6-13. Penalties for violating Code Sections 16-6-9 through 16-6-12 (excerpt): (a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this Code section, a person convicted of any of the offenses enumerated in Code Sections 16-6-10 through 16-6-12 shall be punished as for a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature. A person convicted of the offense enumerated in Code Section 16-6-9 shall be punished as for a misdemeanor.

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Chris Mueller January 17, 2014 at 09:23 AM
I walk in Piedmont park most weekdays around noon to get a break from my work from home job. While on the walkway along 10th street, less than 20 feet from the road, I usually can see discarded condoms under the trees. These appear in different places so I'm fairly sure prostitution is happening there, even in the cold of this winter, in the park after dark.
CFF January 17, 2014 at 12:52 PM
Well at least they are wearing condoms!
Dee Dee Chamblee January 19, 2014 at 05:47 PM
Why beat down people who are struggling to survive why cant you use your vast resources to create a jobs program that doesnt discriminate against Transgender people or formerly incarcerated individuals ,you can build a Billlion Dollar Stadium why cant we see to our neighbors gettinh jobs and having a fair chance at living a descent law abidinng life as a tax payer,is that too much like doing the right thing for the right reason,
Dookie Doo January 20, 2014 at 09:22 AM
Close down the low end night clubs on crescent and bring in high end shops and restaurants.
Chris R February 13, 2014 at 08:31 AM
End the parking inequality. Why are other mixed use neighborhoods allowed free parking, when friends and family have to pay to visit when visiting in Midtown. It is the same city of Atlanta, we pay the same taxes and have the same streets. Why do we have to pay more for guest parking?


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