Council Members hit the streets for public awareness


In an effort to hear concerns of local residents, members of South Bend's Common Council hit the streets today near the corner of Diamond and California Avenues.

Council Members first walked the streets at the end of April near the location where 18-year-old Nathan Hall was killed, so they could talk with local residents about what needed to be done to make the area safe.

Today, Council Members Derek Dieter and Tim Scott were at it again but this time the main topic of conversation revolved around the vacant homes in the area.

Both Council Members went door to door to hear from those in the neighborhood and even entered some abandoned homes.

While some of the houses had unkempt lawns, graffiti and massive amounts of garbage, it was not the aesthetics of the vacant homes that had people worried.

"I see drug deals happen in a school area and it's really a shame," Crystal Cooper said.

"People may be sleeping here at night," Council Member Dieter said. "Certainly people have probably been using drugs."

Cooper said, "If they could just control some of the things that go on with these houses it would make a big difference."

The South Bend Common Council hopes to have their next neighborhood walk in the first week of June.

Dieter said, "We would like to do these once a week for the entire summer."


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