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Gordon Miller
Gordon Miller
4 years ago

There has been a lot of street activity on the 1100-1200 block of Oakwood ave recently. Any ideas why? Haven’t seen a cop back there in months.

Michael Grabow
Michael Grabow
4 years ago

Michael Grabow liked this on Facebook.

Gordon Miller
Gordon Miller
4 years ago

That doesn’t answer my question

Church Hill People's News
Church Hill People's News
4 years ago

Gordon – that’s in Sector 111. You might want to drop a line to Lt.Sayles (Jeremy.Sayles@richmondgov.com) with your concerns, or hit the next Ch Central or CHA meeting

Gordon Miller
Gordon Miller
4 years ago

Great. Thanks!

R. Montserrat
R. Montserrat
4 years ago

I live on Oakwood Avenue. If we don’t pull together as a community and request police presence when we know full well that there is significant drug dealing (and the violence that goes with it) in our otherwise beautiful neighborhood, I’m saddened to say that this is what we get.

katzenjaammer
katzenjaammer
4 years ago

Ironically I was enumerating all of the gun incidents that have happened lately just when this hit the news. What the F@$! is going on?? I’ve been here for 10 years and this is not normal. I agree with the poster from Oakwood. I live on Chimbo and have walked to the cemetery and back a hundred times, only to meet a friendly cat or teenaged girls playing their music. This is a quiet and peaceful family neighborhood.

East Ender
East Ender
4 years ago

“A lot of street activity on the 1100-1200 block of Oakwood ave.” Absolutely. It’s drug related. Dealers are selling and people are buying. We need to stop ignoring it and actually do something about it. No disrespect John, but I don’t think going to a Ch Central or CHA meeting is going to help. Although Oakwood Ave is a great area, it’s not considered a “showpiece” for Churchill given its distance from Broad and trendy food places. We need to be more vigilant. If you pay attention, it will become clear who the dealers are and where the stash houses… Read more »

crd
crd
4 years ago

I live in the 2500 block of East Broad, and actually saw a single cop on foot patrol last week.Thought they were going to do that a year or so ago, glad to see it now, though he had ear buds in and am not sure if he saw anything that he walked past…. I wish Oakwood the absolute best of luck. Maybe you can get a foot patrol cop who actually looks around when he’s walking. I did wave at the foot patrol guy but it too two attempts to get his attention so I am not so sure… Read more »

Dubois2
Dubois2
4 years ago

And no disrespect to @crd, but hasn’t Oakwood seen increases in crime consistently over the last few years, unlike Churchill or Churchill North, or Chimborazo? Our issues as a neighborhood are such that informed RPD presence can and does make a huge difference. Post #8 is absolutely right; it’s no great mystery who is dealing and who is facilitating. Why we would believe that hosting open drug dealing and the violence that comes with it is a benefit to ANYONE, is however, a bit of a mystery. I also agree that CHA/CH Central meetings are unlikely to actually address the… Read more »

dontmincewords
dontmincewords
4 years ago

I think being mindful, aware and getting out there is the only solution. I bought a fixer upper on Grace in the early 90s when it was an open drug market with a smattering of trannie hookers. My urban pioneer neighbors and I worked in our front yards. We’d walk our dogs, etc… Just more eyes on the street. When we complained more, the cops rolled through more. It eventually got cleaned up. Awareness is the start. How much risk you want to take after that is up to you.

Kathleen Sanders
Kathleen Sanders
4 years ago

The Church Hill Central group has members that live in the Oakwood and Chimborazzo areas and you would be welcome to attend the CHC meetings. CHA is focused on the Libby Hill area. I encourage you to find and attend a neighborhood meeting. Or get together with your neighbors on your own – plan a meeting at someone’s house and ask the police, specifically Lt. Sayles, to participate. I’ve been in your shoes, as have several others commenting here. The repeating recipe to resolve these issues is your participation – watch, call in suspicious activity, walk your neighborhood, sit in… Read more »

Karen Jones
Karen Jones
4 years ago

#13 I am a board member of the CHA. I wish CHC the very best. I believe that the more strong neighborhood associations we have in Church Hill the better for all of us. But I would like to take exception to your statement that the CHA is focused on the Libby Hill area because we are not. We currently have two board members who do not live in St. John’s historic district – one across from Chimborazzo park and one on Marshal. This is not a fluke, but the norm. In fact we have had two board members that… Read more »

JS
JS
4 years ago

I’m not sure who’d be comfortable doing it, but remember when Union Hill campaigned via an anonymous Twitter campaign deal with the drug dealers, their customers, and the stash houses? It seems like that account, in cooperation with the police, helped a lot.

Kathleen Sanders
Kathleen Sanders
4 years ago

Karen: My statement about CHA was not meant as a dis. I can only share what I have personally experienced in the 9+ years that I have lived in Chimborazo. I’m glad to hear that CHA is now trying to make some changes! I hope that East Ender and his/her neighbors will attend one of the neighborhood meetings.

East Ender
East Ender
4 years ago

Thank you to those in solidarity and support! I appreciate it. Also, where can I find out about when/where CHC and CHA meetings are happening? Do both groups have websites?

Karen Jones
Karen Jones
4 years ago

May I suggest another meeting that I think would also be good? More people should go to Cynthia Newbill”s district 7 meetings. They move around to different neighborhoods in the district and I think usually start at 6pm which may not be the most convenient for those coming home from work. I have missed the last few, but when I went I thought they were sparsely attended. I think Ms. Newbill needs to see more of her constituents in front of her on a regular basis. I know it can be hard to go to all of them, but take… Read more »

East Ender
East Ender
4 years ago

John, thanks for the heads up about the Church Hill Central meeting in January. Much appreciated!

R. Montserrat
R. Montserrat
4 years ago

Thank you John. As a resident of Oakwood Avenue, I will be there! Hope to see others from the neighborhood as well.

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