Arlington Residents Look to Reclaim Neighborhoods

Run-Down Neighborhoods an Eye-Sore, Breed Crime

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    Some Arlington residents are hoping to reclaim their neighborhoods, they say they're fed up with worn down areas that they say breed crime north of Cowboys Stadium and Rangers Ballpark. (Published Monday, Nov 5, 2012)

    City leaders and residents fed up with worn-down areas of North Arlington are hoping to reclaim their neighborhoods.

    Residents said areas just north of Interstate 30, Cowboys Stadium and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington breed crime.

    "We want to reverse the deterioration and basically reclaim them," Councilman Charlie Parker said.

    Parker said that reclaiming the troubled spots, mostly older apartment complexes, require a face-lift.

    "Those are 30- and 40-year-old apartments and, consequently, they are deteriorating pretty rapidly, and so we want to make sure that the individuals that are living in these apartments are good neighbors," he said.

    "That'll be a good thing to do," said Andrew Strickland, who lives in one of the older apartment developments. "It would give the area a nice look and bring some life back to the neighborhood."

    Marci Ybarra agreed.

    "[North Arlington] is nice. It has good potential but, right now, it's not that great," she said.

    Ybarra, who has lived in another of the North Arlington apartment complex for two years with her husband and young son, said that while she likes the area, she is often concerned about safety.

    "It's me being a mom, being a first-time mom," she said. "I don't want to put my son in jeopardy for anything."

    Crime has followed the deterioration of some of the neighborhoods. Parker said Arlington police have recently stepped up patrols, with an emphasis on the troubled apartments.

    But it's not just up to police. Parker said property owners should reinvest in their developments.

    "In the event that there are those individuals who feel as though these are cash cows and they don't want to reinvest in their properties, then I think they'll find out our code enforcement officers are going to be knocking on their door," he said.

    Strickland said that what begins with a face-lift could be just the beginning.

    "It might mean jobs or something," he said. "There's no telling what it might turn out to be. It might bring a better value of people around; no telling."