Barricade Causes Crime Shift

Closing a city street with barricades is a cheap way to interrupt drug dealing traffic, but it doesn't guarantee the traffic will stop. According to a newly released University of Cincinnati study the 13th Street barricade put up in Pendleton this past Summer moved the drug dealing business to 12th Street. Comparing July-December of 2003 to the same period in 2004 drug arrests spiraled down 58% on 13th Street. On 12th Street drug arrests soared 400%. The Co-President of the Pendleton Community Council, Chris Smith, says they're collecting feedback from residents and plan to decide in the coming weeks if the barricades stay or go. The barricades are up where 13th Street meets Reading Road near downtown.