Conference Tours “Ugly” Side of City
Bus Tour Shows Glimpse of Ghastly Crime Scenes
A city conference focusing on “the good, the bad and the ugly” in Columbus continued with a bus tour Wednesday morning of some of the city’s most notorious crime scenes in recent months. The two day event was hosted in different locations and sponsored by the Community Foundation included lectures and candid conversations.
The bus tour gave local movers and shakers who shared the ride with everyday citizens an opportunity for an up close and personal look at all that is going on in the City the good and in some cases the really bad. Dozen’s of attendees boarded buses for round two of a real close look at Columbus minus the Mayor and Public Safety Director Skip Henderson who had a schedule conflict according to his office. His absence notable because the bus stops included some of the most crime ridden areas in town.
As the bus slowly rolled down Mellon Street, some of the bus riders, through no fault of their own were oblivious to what they were actually witnessing at one point. The three Metra buses traveled down a stretch of roadway where First News has responded to nearly half a dozen murder scenes in less than a year. “I was just on a bus tour riding around town not really knowing where I was and that was a bit of a lack there,” conference attendee Romeo Byll told WLTZ.
Other bus riders, who had a narrator for the trip came away with a different experience like Reverend Emmet Aniton of Friendship Baptist who noted the bad but said the good , not just in structures but the good in people was easy to see too.
“I thought the bus tour was very informative and some places I knew about but there are a few streets I went on that I didn’t know about. We see the bad and the ugly but we have a whole lot of good too and we who are good try to make everything better. Thank God for people who’ve got money that want to put their money in the right place to do the right thing for the majority of the citizens who live here in Columbus. Columbus is a good place to live, ” Reverend Aniton said.
Indeed there is “good” in Columbus not the least of which is the National Infantry Museum where bus riders stopped for lunch. The museum was a $100 million dollar investment in South Columbus. The trick is improving the bordering neighborhoods, a work already in progress and continuing to bring people to the table who genuinely care.