Letter: Pittsfield makes effort to clean up crime

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To the editor:

I am eager to hear a plan for addressing crime in the Berkshires. A plan that hasn't been tried multiple times before.

Not so easy, right? But look at the progress that has been made. A new police substation has been built on the West Side in Pittsfield. A citizens' police advisory board has been established. Dangerousness hearings are held for violent offenders. ShotSpotter has been employed in high-crime areas. Tyler Street and the surrounding neighborhood are being redeveloped. State grants have been obtained to make the streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. Companies are moving to Pittsfield and quality jobs are being created. Increased transportation opportunities are being developed.

Violent crime is an epidemic everywhere in the country. The Pittsfield leadership has addressed these problems from every direction and are doing their best to stay ahead of them.

Nancy Stuart,




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