The Roman poet Juvenal famously asked, "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" — or, "Who will watch the watchers?"
I don't know the answer to that, but I can tell you who watches the 100 block of Langton Street. The best neighborhood watch group in San Francisco, that's who!
We just found out that our neighbors' organization was named "Best Neighborhood Watch Group of 2010" by Neighborhood Empowerment Network. There's going to be a ceremony at City Hall and everything. In other words, we are WATCHING THE CRAP OUT OF THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, folks.
A few years ago, our street was strewn with trash and graffiti. But since our group started meeting, we have: (1.) gotten trash collectors to change their pickup time so as to reduce the buildup of garbage (2.) restored our mural (3.) held the street's first block party and (4.) planted trees.
The accolades are much deserved. And I plan to gloat the next time we encounter our arch rivals: the 300 block of Minna Street. What a bunch of chumps.