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Neighbors Call LR Intersection a Corner of Crime

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It doesn't take much but a little digging and planting to make something come alive.

"This is my therapy," says Wright Avenue resident Mae Isom.

Isom's front yard is a big garden along Wright Avenue.

"I have lived here since 1992," says Isom.

"A lot of traffic, a lot of people walk down this street and throw trash," she says.

Isom says it's time for a new direction for the intersection of Wright and Battery.

"I think it brings down the property," says Isom.

Chris Attig also lives in the Wright Avenue neighborhood.

"It's holding our neighborhood back," says Attig. "Having our kids walk through drug dealing and prostitution on a regular basis -- it creates a lot of problems for the children."

Neighbors say they have noticed an increased police presence.

Early Wednesday morning, two women were arrested on prostitution charges just a couple blocks down the road.

"I continue to see the same women working on the corners and I continue to see the same two or three guys delivering stuff to them," says Attig.

Police say they have been called to the intersection, where Our Community Market is located, 38 times since March 1st. Officials say multiple people have been arrested too.

"Nobody wants that kind of market going on in their neighborhood," says Attig.

Neighbors say the Our Community Market is open 24 hours.

"I would love for that store to be a place, you would feel safe going in there and people don't hang around 24 hours," says Isom.

Isom says she hopes for new life on her block soon so it's more welcoming to people.

The Wright Avenue Neighborhood Association has its regularly scheduled meeting tomorrow evening where neighbors say this topic will likely come up.


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