Forbes blogger, Bob Cook, who is also an Oak Lawn resident, weighed in on the prospect recently suggested at a park board meeting of taking down the basketball hoops at local parks as a public safety measure and less enticing to non-residents and others prone to misusing the parks and disturbing nearby residents.
In a blog post for FORBES, Cook looks at both sides of the "kill the hoops" debate.
“Recently at a park in my ‘burb there occurred what police said was a racially motivated fight between black and white youth, resulting in two arrests, both African-Americans. One member of my village board thinks she has the solution for preventing future skirmishes like this, and it’s something brought up often, nationwide, when there is trouble at the local park — take down the basketball hoops. It happens even though there is no statistical evidence that eliminating basketball plays any role in reducing crime — or that keeping the hoops up prevents it …”Read the rest of Bob Cook's blog post on FORBES, "Does Taking Down Basketball Hoops Really Reduce Crime?"