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Following The Deadly Shooting Of A TCU Student, Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker Is Advocating For Reform

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July 4, 2023 - Mass Shooting at Texas street festival: Photo From: WFAA

The West 7th entertainment sector in Fort Worth can soon expect new security and safety enhancements. This follows the death of a student at TCU earlier this month. “Losing Wes Smith so tragically was personal to me,” said Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker.

Rising Crime In The City

Take my mayor hat off for a second first, and having to walk through it with a 12-year-old son is challenging, she said. “Honestly, it’s one of the harder things I’ve had to do as a parent,” she added. We’ve really looked at how to make sure one of your biggest, most prosperous entertainment zones in our city is as secure as it can be in the last week.

Additionally, the city council approved zoning amendments that mandate conditional use permits for bars that are opening or expanding and are larger than 2,000 square feet.

No Dark Spots

TCU Student

Source: cbs news

“I’ve visited with bar owners in the past 24 to 48 hours, and I’ve been incredibly delighted. They’re at the table wanting to improve themselves while also acknowledging how much the city has done to help,” Parker added.

The issue, according to bar owner Chas Taipale, is on the streets rather than within the establishments.

“That’s where the monitoring needs to happen the most, and we’re trying our best to have lighting, just no dark spots,” he said. “And more personnel being aware as far as cameras,” he said.

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