The main focus of this article is to show just how safe of a place downtown Minneapolis really is. Police are confident that they have ways of decreasing crime, which were done by young people, downtown. Police have partnered with courts, private security guards, sidewalk ambassadors, neighborhoods associations, business leaders and social workers to decrease the rate of crimes between midnight and 4:00a.m. by enforcing curfews and truancy violations and playing closer attention to groups of young people. With all the things police and courts are putting in place they expect a decrease in crime rates. But the biggest factor in making downtown known as a safe environment to live, shop and play are changing the perceptions of the residents of Minneapolis. It is said that the solution "lies less with policing than with what the city planners call placemaking".
The whole purpose of this article is to argue that downtown Minneapolis is a safe place, the article provides numbers to show just how much crime happens and how the police are doing things to decrease crime rate. It also shows what the author would like downtown to be over the next 15 years, which shows hope for a greener more lively place. The article is persuading people that even though crime does happen downtown, it is being taken care of and should not be a concern for residents. I like what the article did and with all the facts that were included has giving me a little peace and assurance that downtown can and will be a safe place.