My 'hood, this 'hood, the 'hood. My neighborhood near Warren Street is not only filled with wannabe thugs; we actually have church people, and maintenance men trying to keep our housing development nice and assist residents with anything.
My community and the residents in it want a change. They do not stand for violence and we try to be respectful to each other. People’s worries about their kids’ safety decreases every year.
Every single day I say, “Hey, how are you?” to the older lady who has lived here for years. She is my community's number one most positive, influential, polite lady who makes an effort for change. She says hi to everyone. When there are birthdays for kids she doesn’t even know, she buys presents.
People want change, because they are tired -- tired of worrying so much, tired of not feeling safe, tired of the stupidity and violence. Just plain tired.
Without people trying to get residents and kids involved in things, maintenance always having our back, the main office planning things for us, this community would be nothing. But that's what makes my community so special, because it’s not just some houses with people in them. It's the definition of change.