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Columbus Mayor Kristen Brown says a partnership between residents and police is making a difference. / Photo: WCSI File
Columbus Mayor Kristen Brown says tackling crime in the areas of the city that need it most has been one of her top priorities since taking office. These areas include the neighborhood surrounding the Ninth Street Park and the area of 11th and Washington Streets.
Brown says that over the past year or so, there have been six neighborhood meeting between city officials and residents of the Ninth Street Park area. She says that partnership is paying dividends. Brown noted that over the past three months, there has only been one reported crime and one call of suspicious activity in that area. She credits that to a budding partnership between the Columbus Police Department and the residents who have decided that they want their neighborhood back.
Neighborhood meetings have also been held for the 11th and Washington Street neighborhood. Brown says the next one is set for March 11 at the First Presbyterian Church. She again stressed the need for a partnership between residents and police to make the most out of eliminating the undesirable elements in the area.
Brown says next up for both neighborhoods is a neighborhood revitalization effort. She says a neighborhood cleanup plan is scheduled for April in the Ninth Street Park area. Brown adds that the city is also looking into a program for home owner rehab, as well as a program with the Thrive Alliance that would take run down and abandoned homes and make them high-quality, low-cost rentals.
Additional work is expected this spring.
Last Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014 5:34:37 PM
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