City staff has proposed a list of projects that will go a long way toward improving the safety, walkability and accessibility of the thriving West Seventh Street neighborhood, one of Fort Worth’s fastest growing areas.
The proposed changes have been brought about primarily by a 38 percent increase in overall crime in the area from 2015 to 2017. Most crimes occur on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. and involve bar patrons. Common crimes include burglary of vehicles, public intoxication and fighting.
“Doing nothing is not an option,” Assistant City Manager Fernando Costa said. “We must do something of significance to protect public safety. The situation is dangerous and could get out of control.”
City staff worked with 26 businesses, three civic organizations, three neighborhood associations and other stakeholders to develop a slate of recommendations.
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