Seeking Safety: Crime and blight still remain

(Reprinted from fayobserver.com)

New apartments near downtown Fayetteville are evidence of the city’s most significant effort to turn LOC Blightaround a troubled neighborhood. Five years ago, apartment complexes began to rise where once stood two of the most rundown and crime-infested public housing projects in the city – Campbell Terrace and Delona Gardens.

The last apartments will be finished by June, marking the end of a $120 million project funded largely through federal Hope VI grants for distressed public housing.

But just beyond those new town homes and apartments – in what has long been considered Fayetteville’s poorest neighborhood – crime and blight stubbornly remain.

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