Bob Bruchey, who promised voters he'd deal with the crime issue if elected mayor of Hagerstown, took a step in that direction Monday night, bringing together youths and older residents of the city's West End to discuss how to curb late-night disturbances there. It's a fine start that should be followed by a plan of action by those who care about the city's youth.
Inter-generational conflicts develop when youths gather on the West End's street corners late at night, after older residents have gone to bed. When residents complain, some have been cursed at and groups of youths have sometimes refused to clear a path for residents coming past them on the sidewalk.
Troy Canfield, a 24-year-old West End native who returns for frequent visits, pledged that he and his friends would be more respectful in the future. The pledge is welcome, but it will take more than promises to maintain calm on hot summer nights.