Phoenix neighborhood see progress in cutting crime, improving area

People living in an area of Phoenix are taking back their neighborhood with the help of the city.

After years of blight and crime, they're learning their plan to clean up their neighborhood near 27th Avenue and Indian School is working.

The city decided to take action after business owners complained about finding condoms and liquor bottles outside their doors and neighbors said they saw panhandlers buying drugs on the street.

That's when the "Violence Impact Project" (also known as VIP) was born.

Residents met Tuesday night for an update.

Police, housing and neighborhood services worked to cut crime and improve the quality of life for people living around 27th Avenue from Indian School Road to Dunlap Avenue.

Neighbors say it's working.

"People will call me about a blighted area...I take pictures...and report it. I can get neighborhood services out there almost the next day, that didn't happen before," said Mary Obrochta.

"I've seen one building has been shut down and the people have been either arrested, counseled or evicted," said Thomas Vaughn.

The VIP includes three strategies: reduce crime through increased prosecution, eliminate prostitution and address the blight, graffiti, slum lords, trash and abandoned animals.

Neighbors finally have some hope after years of seeing their neighborhoods going down hill.

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