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St. Petersburg mayoral candidates pledge help for troubled Midtown



ST. PETERSBURG — They want safe streets and a place for their children to play.

Residents of the city's most economically depressed and historically oppressed neighborhoods demanded answers from mayoral candidates Bill Foster and Kathleen Ford on Monday night during an occasionally heated candidate forum focused on Midtown.

Ford and Foster have sparred on a buffet of city issues in recent weeks — a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays, city spending, gay rights.

But the two white candidates both firmly pledged if elected to focus on juvenile crime prevention and aggressive law enforcement, including of minor crimes such as loitering and littering, to the roomful of mostly African-American residents.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:10pm]


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