Writing for MinnPost, Marlys Harris shares a familiar conversation to many of us: her suburb-dwelling relatives come to lunch downtown only to exclaim how different it is from their perceptions of flash-mobbing teens and shoot outs in the street. For many, it’s an unshakable perception that downtown is dangerous and seems to be getting worse. But Harris walks through the crime numbers not just for Minneapolis but for many major cities, citing a consistent downward trend. Even with the good news, the MNPD is still planning for ramped up security during the summer months. So go ahead, get downtown, and if we’re to believe Jane Jacobs’ eyes on the street philosophy, stop using those skyways all the time.