Galveston Makes List of 25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods
October 4, 2010

UPDATE:  When I spoke to Galveston’s Mayor and Police Chief on Monday, they both questioned the data contained in the report. They also say that Galveston police records show that crime has decreased significantly on the Island in the two years since Hurricane Ike.

Some of the residents along Church Street were surprised to hear their neighborhood made the list, but they also had a different take on the reasons why crime is dropping.

Most said that Hurricane Ike destroyed homes and businesses on their section of Church Street. They said many of the “troublemakers and riff raff ” were forced to move away and that has made their neighborhood safer.

A new list that says it’s based on police reports and FBI crime stats,  paints a not so flattering image of one Galveston neighborhood.

The  neighborhood surrounding Church Street is on the list with the “highest predicted rates of violent crime in America.”

I’ve called Galveston and will get reaction from Mayor Joe Jaworski and the police chief  later today.

In the meantime, what do you think?

August 30, 2010

At Series of Neighborhood Meetings Kicking Off this Week, Residents to be Asked

“How Would You Make Your Neighborhood a Better Place to Live?”

 WHO:    City of Galveston residents, City of Galveston Planning Department, representatives from CDM, the firm hired to prepare

a master neighborhoods plan that will address quality of life and current and future community needs, such as business

development, housing and transportation and services for people with disabilities.


WHAT:     As part of the City of Galveston’s Long-Term Hurricane Ike Recovery Plan, meetings will be held in 18 Galveston neighborhood

 areas, starting tomorrow. At each meeting, residents will be asked for their input about what changes they would like to their

 neighborhood, such as the addition of a community park, safer sidewalks, more places to shop and better transportation. The

 residents’ input will be used to create the master neighborhoods plan.

        WHERE AND WHEN:  Residents can click on for more information, including a

  list of meeting locations and dates.

Is Galveston, Island A Dead City?
August 24, 2010

Galveston has made the top ten list of  Dead Cities across America published by 24/7 Wall Street.

This is what it said about the island, which is still trying  to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Ike:

10. Galveston. This Texas city was one of the largest ports in the US a hundred years ago. It was also the location of one of the greatest natural disasters in American history. In 1900, a hurricane killed between 6,000 and 8,000 people. In the decades after the hurricane, Galveston became a major tourist center due to its location on the Gulf and proximity to several larger Texas cities. Galveston was also a major military recruitment center during WWII. The cause of Galveston’s demise is unique. It had become something of the Sodom and Gomorrah of the southern US. There was a large gambling industry there, some of it illegal, which was controlled by criminals. In the late 1950s,Texas state authorities successfully attacked local organized crime. The regulated tourist trade could not replace the illegal business. Galveston’s port and hospitality industries had begun to improve, but where trampled by the effects of Hurricane Ike in 2008. The event destroyed a large part of the city’s tax base, and set back the tourism industry once again.

I’m going to try to get reaction later today from Galveston’s Mayor. In the meantime you can read the entire list here:
 America’s Ten Dead Cities: From Detroit To New Orleans – 24/7 Wall St.