A little perspective is in order, though. Not all that long ago, Edgewood, or more accurately, an area of a few blocks in Edgewood, was racking up a big city murder rate. The local law enforcement community seems to have a handle on that aspect of the problem, but that doesn't necessarily mean Edgewood's troubles are over. Indeed, community activist Mildred Samy, whose family has been hard hit by violence in Edgewood, said last week she has seen a new generation of thugs. They appear to be trying to one-up the last generation of criminals, which seems to be a natural progression among criminals and criminal gangs.