Sometimes when I’m reading through all your tweets and real estate listings and slogging through the Internet, I see reports of things happening that are scary and shocking. I rush to all the local news sites to see what else I can find out and there’s nothing, nowhere.
Stabbing on Brighton Ave, Union Sq., homicide unit summoned #allston
— Adam Gaffin (@universalhub) July 21, 2013
At 11:53pm on Brighton Avenue.
Right outside The Model.
— Alex Romanos (@MadAL78) July 21, 2013
On Friday on Hooker St. there was a report of someone wielding a brick irresponsibly in a fight.
Giving a bad name to responsible brick wielders everywhere.
Some are outraged and shocked by what is happening.
Most of us have become jaded.
There are no details yet available about Saturday night’s violence, apart from the above. If the homicide unit was summoned to the scene there is a fair chance it was in response to a homicide, which is terrible. An assault victim died, and it is entirely possible that it is a result of this brawl.
@allstonratcity Not sure if that’s the same guy, but an assault victim from last night died as a result of his injuries at St. E’s tonight
— Sean Olson (@SOlsonBFDL14) July 22, 2013
— Adam Gaffin (@universalhub) July 22, 2013
What is there in our lives that is worth dying and killing over?
A girl? Some drugs? Your pride? I promise you all of that is going to fade away and mean nothing so quickly you won’t even know it’s happening. You’re going to get older, and tireder, and you don’t want to do this. Many readers were incredulous to see TITS closed the other day, following a mandate from the licensing board that they refrain from opening as recompense for failing to report a fight at their premises. Failing to report a fight at TITS is basically the same thing as breathing, in their defense.
City orders Tavern in the Square in Allston to close for 1 day for failing to call police about fight – http://t.co/KtnuSLGnbA
— Allston Brighton (@YourAllstonBri) May 2, 2013
We just expect this to happen, because we never feel like it’s happening to us.
But it is, and even if you don’t know the names in the headlines today, you could tomorrow.
We’re not immune just because it isn’t us. Those affected by violence and crime in Allston are people’s friends, roommates, kids, and neighbors.
Even if there is nothing we can personally do to prevent drunk people from disagreeing with one another, we have to take this stuff seriously. It’s not a joke that someone got stabbed; it’s not a sign that Allston is the ghetto either. It’s a terrible side effect of a culture that celebrates brawling to settle differences, and it isn’t unique to Allston.
Pay attention to what’s happening around you, keep your wits about you, and drink lots of water. That’s all I’ve got for you.