East End rallies together to help put an end to violence

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington Councilmember James Brown held an East End neighborhood meeting Tuesday night to talk about the rise in violence in the area and what to do about it. At the meeting, Councilmember Brown says three main solutions were discussed to help the neighborhood prevent violence: increasing security camera presence, starting a “walk kids to school” program, and creating a kind of neighborhood watch.

“Violence is all over the city of Lexington, but you take a lower income area, you stick a violence incidence in it, it gets highlighted and we want to make sure we grow the community back to a positive light,” says Charles Fields, Charles Young Community Center chair.

“I think it’s important that we address our problems and we have some but I wanna make sure that we don’t let the crime that’s occurring right now overshadow all the positive things that are going on in East End,” says community member Thomas Tolliver.

Tolliver has lived in East End for 27 years and is proud to be a member of the community. He says many new housing and business opportunities are coming up in the area which will bring diversity and economic growth to the community.

“I don’t want my neighborhood to become stigmatized and known for something bad when in fact there’s so much good happening,” Tolliver says.

“East End is a very culture rich and progressive area that has hit some bumps in the road,” says Fields.

The East End wants to see long-term, sustainable solutions and people are willing to put in the work to prevent violence in their neighborhood. The next neighborhood meeting to put ideas discussed Tuesday into place is set for November 9th.

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