Thursday, June 01, 2006

Chopper City: What It Is

In the comments to a previous post, I linked to my other blog, Chopper City. You're welcome to read the other site if you like. But I will just say we can be a little raw at times. We really need some sort of FAQ for that place, just so people showing up looking for motorcycle stuff can find out why there isn't anything about motorcycles at the site.

Chopper City is a nickname for our old neighborhood, Pine Hills. It was originally a suburb for employees of the defense contractor Martin Marrietta. That would have been late 1950s and 1960s era Pine Hills. In the late 1970s and 1980s it started sliding downhill. Back then it became known as Crime Hills. It wasn't THAT bad, even though it wasn't that good, either.

But in the 1990s the bottom fell out. It has become one of the poorest neighborhoods in Central Florida, and in terms of crime its as bad as any place in the region. We even had a former head of the Haitian secret police living there at one time. [Update: I mean this guy. I need to do a little bit of research and then alter the language.] (Forget Spanish, you should learn Haitian Creole if you want to hang in Pine Hills these days.)

Plus, it's Sex Offender Central! Go to the National Sex Offender Public Registry and type in the zipcode 32808. The following error message will occur:

- Florida (32808): Too many matching offenders. Refine your search criteria.

Yes, it's that bad. Other searches will reveal about 520 offenders in the Pine Hills area, and there's about 80 in close proximity to my old house.

Several years ago a friend found out that the youths had taken to calling Pine Hills Chopper City because of all the police helicopters flying overhead at night. So when a bunch of us decided to put together a small site, the name seemed obvious. We've tried to live down to expectations, and we treat it mostly as an opportunity to give each other hell.

1 comment:

reader_iam said...

I appreciate this blog, that blog, and your comments generally.

Keep on--no, I guess in context, "truckin'" ain't the right word--cyclin'?

Whatever. You know what I mean.