Downey's bad crowd

Dear Editor:Throughout the years, Downey has been getting closer to being a ghetto. I am not saying it is as bad as other cities, but it seems like it is starting to. When I first moved to Downey about 10 years ago, it didn't seem so bad. The streets were clean and everybody would be friendly to each other. Now I see people littering and tagging on streets and local shops. I also see people running red lights and not stopping for pedestrians. I am a senior at Warren High School and about two years ago I was walking down the street going to my house. A car pulled up where I was walking and five people with switchblades stole all of my things. That was my turning point about how nice Downey was and is now. There are a lot of people from other cities that move into Downey and just start destroying the city because they are gang-related or want to be like one. Maybe it is just getting overcrowded with a lot of bad-influenced people that don't really care about Downey. I think there should be more police officers in the residential streets as well as the main streets. - Ariel Cebreros, Downey

********** Published: December 18, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 35