Thursday, March 27, 2008

Is it just me or does this town need an enema?

You know when you go to the state fair and look at all the "Carnies" and they are so scary looking, yet you trust them to put your kids on the rides, strap them in and let them go round and round and upside down and so forth?  I think they all live here in Reno in the downtown area.  Lately when I look around, I am disgusted with what I see.  The meth heads, the prostitutes, and the general riff raff that wander around downtown just blows my mind!  Daily,  Jay who works downtown is asked for or if he wants drugs or "other" things and working on the corner of Center St. and Sixth St. almost daily they have the cleaners come to hose the human defecation off of the sidewalk or walls of a nearby building, all while a drug deal or two is going down in the alley which the police by the way don't handle because that is for the narcotics units.  My son Jayson was downtown visiting my husband at lunch and a "lady" came up to him and asked him if he wanted some Heroin, when he said no, she asked him if he wanted a blow-job, because her hotel room was just down the street and she needed $20. That makes me feel so comfortable, Stevi is 11 and someday, she and her friends could end up downtown.  I know they are trying to clean the city up and make it more artsy but, Reno is a 24 hour town and it is getting to be like an armpit.  There is so much crime that is just never even reported because it would drop down our tourism rate, but I have had more than one of my clients that are police officers say to just stay away from downtown after dark unless I am with my husband and even then, be very careful. Reno used to be a great town to raise children in, I remember cruising Main St. and hopping in other cars to ride with people you just met while in high school,  if my daughter did that now!!! Oh my Gosh I would kill her!  Can you imagine?  It's even scary to sit and have ice-cream, Jay and Stevi and I went to Cold Stone Creamery and were sitting on the bench outside by the roundabout and a Cadillac escalade was driving through the roundabout with about 6 gangbangers in it and pointed at us like he was holding a gun towards Stevi and yelled "POP POP POP!!"  and as they drove away laughing at us, Jay and I were stunned into complete silence, I was so sick to my stomach that I threw the rest of my ice cream in the garbage and Stevi was so scared when we explained to her why Jay didn't, actually couldn't, do or say anything about it.  They were just looking for trouble, I mean come on!  A family eating ice cream!! Thank God it was after Jay got sober and had the sense to just sit there and not say a word, I can only imagine what could have happened.  Driving home last week Stevi and I had a lady stumble off the sidewalk right in front of my car and shake her fist at me while screaming obscenities at me.  Stevi was looking at me shocked then she laughed and said, "Mommy we didn't even do anything!!!"   Then 2 days later, we were driving down Center St. ( I just don't take the freeway because it takes twice as long to get home) and there was a guy around 20-25 yrs. old walking down the sidewalk, laughing out loud to himself with a bottle of vodka in plain view, chugging it without a care in the world.  Not OK.  Where is a good place to raise kids anymore?  I guess you can't shelter them, but we are an inner city now and we used to be a small town.  For the first time in my 22 years of marriage Jay and I have discussed moving out of town, possible out of state.  I know the grass isn't greener, well actually it probably is since this is Nevada, but I really am starting to not like this town, at all.  I guess in a perfect world, but what has happened?  Is it only going to get worse?  What can we do?


madre adoptiva said...

I am very sheltered here because I rarely even leave my house, but I do believe there are still really good areas (and good qualities) to our little city. There have always been prostitutes, homeless people and drug dealers downtown, you were just much less aware of it (and invincible because you were a teen without a care in the world).

Mom said...

Believe me, it's not just Reno. There is a bad area in every city in the WORLD. You just need to be smart about it and educate your children. It was all there when you were a teenager, just as madre adoptiva said, you just notice it a whole lot more when you have children of your own. Especially daughters.