( New Orleans ): I met today with Ms. Malena Asher, a partner of Verve Art Gallery ( 1110 Canal St between Elk Place & Rampart, adjacent to the infamous China Wall restaurant ).
She is concerned about her shared shop because she is literally besieged by drug dealers, addicts and disruptive activity making her fear for her safety, let alone maintaining a business.
She understands NOPD is understaffed and overwhelmed, but her plea is one which is particularly urgent to an anti crime activist like myself, who's dealt with places like Canal Street's 1100th block for 20 years.
Inner city areas losing caring stakeholders like these are doomed to be violent, drug infested wastelands which menace high income locales like the near by Joy & Saenger Theaters, whose attendees avoid Verve because of the element around it.
Let's save Verve and in turn, save that block!
" Be your OWN Superhero!"