Neighbors in Cherokee & Highland Park communities ready for change

By Marquel Sennet |

Published 08/04 2014 10:49PM

Updated 08/04 2014 11:02PM

Neighbors in a Shreveport community say they're fed up. Crime, trash and abandoned homes just a few of the things they say have gotten out of hand.

A neighborhood meeting was held Monday night. It was for the Cherokee and Highland Park communities.

However neighbors say there just wasn't enough time to address their growing concerns.

Lillie Mills says, “We’re afraid to leave our homes. We have limbs on the [power] lines. We have to be on a list for the trash truck to come pick up. That’s a concern. "

Mercy Golston is tired of the constant speeding on Mohawk Trail.

“Something will happen. A little child just last week, if she hadn't stepped out two feet further she wouldn't be with us today."

People are also concerned about the high grass throughout their neighborhoods. They say it's not only an eye sore, but also dangerous.

Another danger these folks are worried about is crime. Mills says there have been a number of burglaries on Fenwick Drive. However officers told them crime has gone down in the City of Shreveport.

Mills says “I told the officer crime hasn't gone down. I don't know what's going on where she's working at, but in my neighborhood the crime is still the same."

Officers are working with neighbors. They did take down the streets and times for some of the illegal activity, so they can increase patrols in those areas.

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