Friday, March 6, 2009

This Just In: Bus Stations Are Havens for Crime

Posted By on Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 1:13 PM

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Apparently, the zoning board of appeals has unanimously rejected Greyhound's request to move the bus station to the former Music City Dodge dealership at 710 Murfreesboro Road. The main justification--there's too much crime at the station, so leave it downtown--seems a little peculiar, to say the least. It's true that in every city I've lived in, bus stations have veered toward the seedy, but they always seem to be situated in neighborhoods that aggravate the situation. And, correct me if I'm wrong, but last time I drove down that stretch of Murfreesboro Road, it wasn't exactly Mayberry RFD. I'm no expert on urban planning (though I play one on the Internet), but to me, the whole move doesn't seem like such a bad idea. I can't help but think the crime is exacerbated by the prevalence of homeless shelters near the Eighth Avenue station. Or maybe they should look at Green Hills. That neighborhood's gone to hell.

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