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Advocate Lake Highlands (October 2009) : Page 33

to hold their heads up,” Allen says. “there is a lot of work to be done, but crime here continues to drop every year.” Allen meets monthly with a task force comprising police, a commu- nity prosecutor and representatives of city staff and multi-family com- plexes to discuss code enforcement and crime initiatives in District 10— code enforcement and law enforce- ment go hand-in-hand, Glenn says. Allen says apartment renters, in general, want a livable and crime- free community as much as hom- eowners. “the folks in the apartments want a better quality of life, too. We want the good people in District 10 to have great places for their kids to grow up, and we want to drive the punks out, but that is going to take a team effort across the board,” Allen says. Many apartment managers and owners have joined in that effort, he says. the Madeline apartments near Audelia and Walnut in North Lake Highlands ( just a couple streets away from Forest), for example, recently instituted a children’s learning center — the Learning Links center, a real estate invest- ment company, purchased the com- plex and aims to offer resources for disadvantaged kids in the neigh- borhood. this should tell us something about our community’s potential future, which includes both multi- family and single-family residenc- es, Allen says. “Many of these aging apartment complexes just have to come down,” says Allen, who was a staunch advocate for razing three apartment complexes along Skillman to make way for a new Lake Highlands town center. “but others are salvage- able.” the efforts of Madeline owners evidences a community headed in the right direction, Allen says. “With the city, law enforcement, homeowners, renters and apart- ment managers working together,” he says, “we can continue to see those crime statistics go down and the quality of life improve.”n OctOber 2009 33 • Family Owned & Operated • AAA Customer Satisfaction Rate - 99% • ASE Master Mechanic • Engine Diagnostics • Full Service Oil Changes • 30/60/90K Scheduled Maintenance • State Inspections • Courtesy Drop Off / Pick Up • Children’s Playroom rebates! rebates! rebates! Most valid until 12/31/09 superior service for you and your car by the Lake across from the arboretum 8810 Garland rd. 8-6 Weekdays 8-5 Saturday 214-319-8989

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