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Councilmen continue neighborhood walk-throughs

Councilmen continue neighborhood walk-throughs

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In response to the recent violence, some South Bend Common Council members have been taking to the streets to talk to neighbors about their concerns.  Monday night they tackled their second neighborhood.

Councilmen Derek Dieter and Tim Scott walked around the area near California and Diamond streets.  A cleaner place to live was the common theme.

Dieter said, "You have people asking how can I clean up my neighborhood.  It's not like everybody turned off the lights and left, you got people who want to do things, so we're here to assist. "

As Dieter and Scott walked along Diamond street they found abandoned homes filled with trash, one that looked like someone had been keeping a dog or dogs inside, and one man showed the Councilmen where people have been dumping trash behind his yard.

A major issue in the neighborhood?  Vacant homes.  Councilman Dieter said on one block alone in the area there are 13 abandoned homes.

Dieter said the vacant homes can play into the city's violence problem but it's just one piece of the puzzle.  "It does play a role but not the single reason people turn to violence."

But it's still important to take care of the problem.  Dieter said criminals are less likely to venture into nice looking, clean neighborhoods.

Councilmen Dieter and Scott said they'll have their next neighborhood walk through the first week of June and after that they hope to do this at least once a week.

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