SFGate:

The 11th Avenue resident in Oakland’s Eastlake neighborhood was simply feeling hopeful in 2009 when he went to an Ace hardware store, purchased a 2-foot-high stone Buddha and installed it on a median strip in a residential area at 11th Avenue and 19th Street.
He hoped that just maybe his small gesture would bring tranquillity to a neighborhood marred by crime: dumping, graffiti, drug dealing, prostitution, robberies, aggravated assault and burglaries.
What happened next was nothing short of stunning. Area residents began to leave offerings at the base of the Buddha: flowers, food, candles. A group of Vietnamese women in prayer robes began to gather at the statue to pray.
And the neighborhood changed. People stopped dumping garbage. They stopped vandalizing walls with graffiti. And the drug dealers stopped using that area to deal. The prostitutes went away.
I asked police to check their crime statistics for the block radius around the statue, and here’s what they found: Since 2012, when worshipers began showing up for daily prayers, overall year-to-date crime has dropped by 82 percent. Robbery reports went from 14 to three, aggravated assaults from five to zero, burglaries from eight to four, narcotics from three to none, and prostitution from three to none.
"I can’t say what to attribute it to, but these are the numbers," a police statistician told me.

SFGate:

The 11th Avenue resident in Oakland’s Eastlake neighborhood was simply feeling hopeful in 2009 when he went to an Ace hardware store, purchased a 2-foot-high stone Buddha and installed it on a median strip in a residential area at 11th Avenue and 19th Street.

He hoped that just maybe his small gesture would bring tranquillity to a neighborhood marred by crime: dumping, graffiti, drug dealing, prostitution, robberies, aggravated assault and burglaries.

What happened next was nothing short of stunning. Area residents began to leave offerings at the base of the Buddha: flowers, food, candles. A group of Vietnamese women in prayer robes began to gather at the statue to pray.

And the neighborhood changed. People stopped dumping garbage. They stopped vandalizing walls with graffiti. And the drug dealers stopped using that area to deal. The prostitutes went away.

I asked police to check their crime statistics for the block radius around the statue, and here’s what they found: Since 2012, when worshipers began showing up for daily prayers, overall year-to-date crime has dropped by 82 percent. Robbery reports went from 14 to three, aggravated assaults from five to zero, burglaries from eight to four, narcotics from three to none, and prostitution from three to none.

"I can’t say what to attribute it to, but these are the numbers," a police statistician told me.

Reblogged from Maxistentialism

mirebawakaru:

「iDROID」型のiphoneケース(5・5s 対応)に東京ゲームショウver.が登場!限定販売! 東京ゲームショウバージョンとして、オフホワイトを基調としたイベント/オンライン限定商品です。 http://sen-ti-nel.co.jp/product-about/10_mgs/product-about10_002.html #千値練 #MGS

barebackinq:

something so beautiful

Reblogged from Ruined Childhood

top500songs:

329.

"That’s the Way of the World" was released by American funk band Earth, Wind & Fire in 1975 as the second track on their studio album "That’s the Way of the World" through Columbia Records. It was written by producer Charles Stepney and band members Maurice and Verdine White. The song peaked at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

Reblogged from N S

JSSDF Assault on NERV HQ

Reblogged from ┐( ̄ヮ ̄)┌
digitalmyth:

source: reemond
Reblogged from ┐( ̄ヮ ̄)┌
Reblogged from 잠꾸러기
My only regret is that I didn’t tell enough people to fuck off.
— My 92 year old grandma. (via lule-bell)
Reblogged from Mad Wanderings
olisaurusrex:

"Alternative R&B must die" FKA Twigs speaks out on racism in the music industry through genre-specifying:

"When I first released music and no one knew what I looked like, I would read comments like: ‘I’ve never heard anything like this before, it’s not in a genre,’” she continued. “And then my picture came out six months later, now she’s an R&B singer. I share certain sonic threads with classical music; my song “Preface” is like a hymn. So let’s talk about that. If I was white and blonde and said I went to church all the time, you’d be talking about the ‘choral aspect’. But you’re not talking about that because I’m a mixed-race girl from south London."

olisaurusrex:

"Alternative R&B must die" FKA Twigs speaks out on racism in the music industry through genre-specifying:

"When I first released music and no one knew what I looked like, I would read comments like: ‘I’ve never heard anything like this before, it’s not in a genre,’” she continued. “And then my picture came out six months later, now she’s an R&B singer. I share certain sonic threads with classical music; my song “Preface” is like a hymn. So let’s talk about that. If I was white and blonde and said I went to church all the time, you’d be talking about the ‘choral aspect’. But you’re not talking about that because I’m a mixed-race girl from south London."

Reblogged from spazzkid
Reblogged from Revive
Reblogged from jarred

weloveshortvideos:

The lady in the blue pants was gettin it.. 

Reblogged from