Residents, councilwoman in Southside neighborhood tackle crime

Resident: 'If we don't speak up nothing will get done'

Author: Matt Rivers, Video Journalist,
Published On: Oct 25 2012 09:36:23 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 26 2012 12:09:54 AM CDT

Councilwoman Leticia Ozuna was hopeful but realistic Thursday night as she discussed the litany of issues facing a rough stretch of neighborhood on the southside.

The corridor between Presa and Roosevelt streets, both running north and south, is plagued with prostitution, drugs, and abandoned houses.

“This neighborhood needs some serious improvement,” said Diane Cantu, a longtime southside resident.

Ozuna agrees, and held a series of meetings eliciting input from those who have the biggest stake in the area—people who live nearby and businesses who need their money.

“Neighborhood associations are the front line in making this area a nice and amenable place to be,” said Ozuna. “But for whatever reason, a lot of those associations have dissolved over the last couple of years and we hope to change that.”

A map given to KSAT by the councilwoman’s office showed the lengthy list of problems they face in regards to code compliance.

Hundreds of calls for graffiti and dangerous properties dominate the list.

Despite the issues however, people in the area are hopeful.

“I am determined to make this area a better place for my grandchildren to grow up,” said Cantu.

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