A year ago, residents in one of Columbus' downtown historic neighborhoods expressed concern about escalating evidence of drugs, crime and vandalism,and also worried about declining property values.
A year later, people who live near the 11th and Washington Street area and sought help from city officials say they are seeing improvements.
About 30 neighborhood residents met last week with Mayor Kristen Brown, Police Chief John Rohde, Community Development Director Carl Malysz and other city leaders to review progress that has been made and map out future improvements.
"We've bonded as a community," said Sheryl Nulph, who leads the 11th and Washington Streets Neighborhood Watch Program. "Because of that, we continue calling when something doesn't look right, or when trash is left out. We have a sense of community now, and are all working together to improve things."
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