Week in Review: Community Safety Discussion, 2012-13 City Budget
Here are 10 stories you may have missed.
Are you spending your Sunday catching up with last week's news? Here's 10 stories you may have missed about Birmingham this week:
A Community Discusses Safety in Downtown Birmingham: Patch spent the week taking a closer look at public safety in Birmingham, especially how residents feel about coming downtown on the weekends. Here were some of the top stories:
- Are You Worried about Safety in Downtown Birmingham? Despite recent police incidents downtown, 63 percent of respondents to a Patch poll say they don't feel downtown Birmingham is dangerous late at night.
- Cultural Mix in Downtown Tests Birmingham's Tolerance, Some Feel: Experts take a look at resident reaction to police incidents at several Birmingham nightclubs, noting the situation is "layered with many teachable moments."
- Guest Commentary: 'This is Not the Birmingham of 1962; 2012 is Here': An MSU sociologist pens a commentary on the tension between outsiders and residents in downtown Birmingham, noting 'Nothing trumps public safety in this discussion."
- Some Birmingham Teens Feel Uneasy Downtown After Recent Events: Though often cited as a problem in the public safety discussion, even some Birmingham teens say the recent incidents are worrying.
Bloomfield Hills Commissioner Enters Crowded GOP Field for State House: Bloomfield Hills commissioner and Seaholm High School graduate Mike McCready joined the race for the 40th District's seat in the Michigan House of Representatives Wednesday.
Birmingham Considers Smaller Budget for 2012-13: The Birmingham City Commission is considering a $64 million budget for 2012-13, highlighted by rising property values and a shrinking city staff.
Child Neglect Investigation Sparked by Medical Marijuana Grow Operation: Birmingham police were called to a Birmingham condo after a 13-year-old was burned in a small fire; after discussing his father's medical marijuana grow operation, child protective services are investigating.
Calling All Teens and Parents: Patch Wants to See Your Prom Pictures: Did you child attend the Seaholm High School prom this Friday? Upload your pictures to Patch!
Patch Drives: I Think I'm Ready for a Relationship: A Patch reader is documenting her search for a new vehicle and she's wondering: what was your first love affair with a car?
Birmingham Farmers Market Seeks Volunteers for Teen Co-Op: The Farmers Market is looking for teens to staff its new Teen Volunteer Co-Op each Sunday May 6 through Oct. 28. Teens will receive community service hours.