During my week of reporting I had some interesting conversations and found some good story ideas. The one that I went with was concerning surveillance cameras in Philadelphia, mainly Fishtown. It's no secret that they're all bagged in plastic and out of commission. I thought that this was ridiculous.
I got on the phone and gave Deputy of Public Safety, Everett Gillison a call. I also plan to ask and look into the reasoning for the bags over these cameras. Yes, I understand that they're not working, but nobody would know this if they weren't covered. They're twenty feet high, no thief could identify these faulty cameras. If anything they could possibly work as dummy cameras to scare criminals.
"That's the city for you," says Dave Roada of Northeast Philadelphia as he looks up at the camera above him on Hope and Girard Street.
The focus of my story will be the progress of the process that's being done to get these cameras working and also how long it will take. A story ran a few weeks ago, but with the year nearing its end, the city's second projected deadline is coming up.
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