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Neighborhood persistence can make a difference with problem homes

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The raid of a Spokane Valley home this week highlighted a problem in some neighborhoods of what’s called a “nuisance home.”

Persistence by neighbors can make a difference. A problem home in a North Central Spokane neighborhood was shut down by Spokane Police after neighbors banded together, and now, six months later neighbors say that the street has been a lot quieter except for the occasional neighborhood traffic.

Michael Paul says it’s quite different.

“Less traffic, less craziness, comings and goings all times of day, fighting in the streets,” he says.

In his neighborhood was a well-known drug house to police – a nuisance home. It was also a concern because a school is nearby. But then in November, it was shut down.

“We feel the neighborhood is restored,” Paul says. “Neighbors are now able to let their kids out and there are sounds of children on the street. Before that wasn't the case.”

It’s a result of their combined efforts.

“We neighbors got together, kept records, license plate numbers, descriptions,” he says.

Spokane police say if you have an issue in your neighborhood it's also important to work with your local cop shop or neighborhood conditions officer, something Paul and his neighbors did.

“I think that's the catalyst that made it possible for us to get it done efficiently before it really got out of hand,” he says.

They're now looking forward to those boards coming down when, in the future, new neighbors decide to move in.

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