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Southie locks its doors

01/13/05


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The Globe reports that Southie residents are being told to lock their doors as an anti-crime measure. Jimmy Kelly, natch, remembers the old days when organized crime ran the streets and druggies apparently didn't exist.

Chris reads the story, too, and agrees the rise of break-ins speaks to a certain loss of neighborhood cohesiveness as yuppies - away for the day at work - move in. But Southie shouldn't be so quick to moan the loss of the old ways, he says:

... Like city machine politics, organized crime was a functional arrangement and could be quite beneficent at times. But so, too, was its net effect detrimental. That's why I don't demoan the lost innocence of unlocked doors as much as Southie residents (understandably) do. It never was fully innocent.
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