We spend a lot of time here documenting the problems in policy as well as execution regarding law enforcement. Acknowledging that slant I think it's important to highlight those instances when things go right:
In an alcove between two gray apartment buildings, children watered a freshly planted garden in the same space where dealers used to sell thousands of bags of cheap drugs. Nearby, on East 117th Street, a young boy hopped, skipped and performed handstands on the same ground where hundreds of customers, high from the hallucinogen PCP, might once have sauntered by."We haven't had this in a long time," Sharon Lewis, 55, said as she looked hopefully around the housing complex. "If they keep doing things like this, it'll be much better compared to what it was before." Ms. Lewis was referring to the lingering reputation of the Milbank-Frawley public housing complex, at 117th Street and Madison Avenue, a place where just months ago, people would flock to buy $10 bags of PCP.But on Saturday, community members filled the area in celebration of, among other things, the indictment and arrest of people suspected of involvement in that drug ring. Most sang praises of the police efforts. But there was still some worry that the drug could return.