Tecola Strong, 70, takes a daily walk down the block with her boyfriend. They sit near the bus stop and call out to their friends as they pass. Strong said the neighborhood is improving, with new local businesses such as Pete’s Fruit Market and apartment buildings on the way. Despite that, Strong said she feels vulnerable going out after dark.
“I wish they would stop all the killings and shootings,” she said. “I’m really concerned about that because I’m a senior citizen. When it gets dark, I’m in the house.”