This is a community group for anyone interested in exploring creative solutions to our chronic crime and safety problem in Dutchtown, as citizens and as a community.
The Safer Dutchtown Meetup is facilitated by the Neighborhood Innovation Center, (NIC STL) in cooperation with Downtown Dutchtown (DT2) and the Dutchtown Community Improvement District (Dutchtown CID).
All are welcome - however, please note that we're not interested in getting together to complain about our problems. The reality is that the status quo is in our face and unacceptable - that's just too obvious to many, if not all, of us. We are only interested in brainstorming and acting on creative, forward thinking solutions that can lead to real change and a safer neighborhood for all.
We envision our meetups being organized in "30-Day Sprints": meeting 2 to 4 times every 30 days to brainstorm and generate concrete actions.
Our very first Sprint will be on a "Crime Deterrence" theme, and we want to accomplish 2 objectives: 1. To create a "Call for Action", with specific deterrence recommendations for citizens and businesses to adopt; 2. To gather requirement data for NIC STL's upcoming "Tech Startup Competition" on crime deterrence. More to come on this.
If you're open-minded, optimistic about a better future, and a "If there is a problem, Then there is a solution" thinker, then you're our kind of person! Let's work together to shape Dutchtown's future.
About the Neighborhood Innovation Center (NIC STL): we are a new non-profit social enterprise, dedicated to promoting innovations and technologies in low-income neighborhoods that are left behind. The founders of NIC STL are John Chen and Caya Aufiero, long-time Dutchtown residents, community builders and entrepreneurs.