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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

To ef­forts to raise pub­lic and com­mu­nal per­cep­tion of Hollingsworth Manor. The neigh­bor­hood has long car­ried the stigma of be­ing a dan­ger­ous place with a his­tory of gun vi­o­lence and sys­tem­atic drug deals and over­doses. But the re­cent for­ma­tion of the Hollingsworth Manor Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee (HMRAC) of­fers a glim­mer of hope that the is­sues in that com­mu­nity could change. There have been two HMRAC meet­ings or­ga­nized by county ser­vice providers so far, with more monthly meet­ings to fol­low. Sheilagh Wein­ert, a decade-long res­i­dent of the Manor and the de-facto leader of the neigh­bor­hood for these meet­ings for now, has been work­ing with her fel­low com­mu­nity mem­bers to gather feed­back from neigh­bors and spark pos­i­tive change in Hollingsworth Manor. Wein­ert ac­knowl­edged that the ac­tion has been slow to start, but she is hope­ful that the effort will build mo­men­tum as more peo­ple join the cause. Chief among HMRAC’s goals is hold­ing land­lords more accountable to bet­ter screen po­ten­tial renters in or­der to ward off crime from the area. Manor res­i­dents are also look­ing to launch a “curb ap­peal” pro­gram, where res­i­dents would be asked to make their front step a lit­tle nicer, and to host more com­mu­nity events to fos­ter unity among neigh­bors. We share Wein­ert’s hope for a new dawn for Hollingsworth Manor when fam­i­lies and chil­dren can feel safe play­ing in front of their homes.

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