Troubled Neighborhood Ready for Change

By: Brooke Thacker Email
By: Brooke Thacker Email

Between the drug dealers, drug addicts and prostitutes...many families who live around 20th Street in the Fairfield West area of Huntington say they have had it. Now, neighbors and some church leaders are pressing the city for a change.

One resident says, “It makes you not even want to say, ‘I live on 9th Avenue.’”

Another comments, “I used to live on Charleston Avenue - four kids were killed there. Enough has been enough.”

Already this year, the area has seen a drive-by shooting and multiple drug arrests. One culprit is the abandoned homes, some of which neighbors say are known drug havens.

Pastor Reginald Hill with Antioch Missionary Baptist says the problems on 9th Avenue affect nearly everyone. “If parents knew what their children are doing, because the clientele are upper class and upper middle class, white young ladies and young teenagers coming in, and they are purchasing crack cocaine, marijuana...I've seen myself, this is not hearsay.”

Some neighbors are happy that Huntington police have increased their patrols through the area.

Mayor David Felinton says on Monday, March 19th at 5:30, the city's public safety commission is meeting to decide how to go about taking control of rundown vacant homes.


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