By most standards I live in a nice neighborhood. Before the market crash, the houses ran from around the $100-$350K range and most people keep up their lawns. And while I don’t really want to live in this city, overall I am happy with my house, most of my neighbors, and much of the community that we have.
That being said.
The drug usage in my neighborhood is overwhelming.
Drug deals are going on on a daily basis. Drug dealers are trolling the streets and cul de sacs. Strangers are going in and out of windows in homes.
Saturday, around 5pm, I was pulled over to the side of the road on my own street talking to a neighbor and a car squeezed by me…and went to the end of the street and completed a drug deal, in the board daylight, with kids riding bikes and playing ball everywhere.
Listen, I don’t care if someone commits a consensual crime that has no bearing on myself or my family, in their home where no one knows about it. Want to smoke a blunt on your own time? Knock yourself out.
What I do care about, however, is the continuing activity and boldness that not only isn’t letting up, but is getting worse.
At what point do one of these “drop offs” turn into something that ultimately kills a child?
And sadly I feel helpless. Even if we were able to sell our house to an interested buyer, where do we go?
Another street with all this going on? I can tell you that you would drive here and not realize what you were getting yourself into.
And the thing is that this particular house was already busted once. It took mere weeks for it to all come back again. And now there are vagrants living there. It’s one thing to know your OWN street druggie, but when new ones show up…it’s frightening. And its not just my street. It’s all the streets on my side.
I also just found out that the ‘big brother’ that picks up his little sister at the bus stop in the afternoons (same as Charlotte rides) is the drug dealer 3 streets over.
He picks her up so nothing happens to her but he is the danger. Now I have to go get Charlotte from the bus stop a block down when she has been walking it by herself for 2 years.
Has anyone dealt with this on their street? If we call the police every time we see it, there isn’t much they can do by the time they arrive. It takes literally 30 seconds for an exchange.
Can this be stopped?