Rockwell Community Looks to Address Crime, Code Enforcement Issues

From By Ben Thompson, Oct. 18, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Neighbors in northeast Charlotte’s Rockwell community met with city leaders Tuesday, hoping to get answers to chronic problems concerning crime and code enforcement. Residents complained they often felt their concerns went ignored.


“I will not let nobody disenfranchise my community,” said Thereasea Elder, the 84-year-old organizer of the community forum.

Elder brought officials from CMPD, CFD, city code enforcement, and the planning commission to speak to dozens of neighbors at the Rockwell AME Zion Church. For at least two hours, officials answered a range of questions from dozens of people. Elder also said fellow residents must get more involved.

“There are people who don’t care about some of these things. They need to be somewhere in the jungle,” said Elder.

In fact, Elder had this directive to apathetic neighbors: “Leave,” she bluntly exclaimed.

Officials encouraged neighbors to use 311 more frequently to report code violations, and to use 911 anytime they suspect criminal activity.


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