Suggestions for improving neighborhoods
A lot of people, including me, don't live in the greatest of neighborhoods. Sometimes it's the area in general, sometimes it's one problem house. For me, it's somewhere in between. The problem house is next door, and while the rest of my street is ok, if you go one block east or west it gets rough again. Tonight is a good example of what happens. The house next door is a flop house for a half dozen young adults. Not old enough to be legally drinking, but old enough to be out of school. At 0130, these idiots decide it's the perfect time to go out in their poorly lit back yard and start beating the hell out of something, all the while pretending it's a person. After listening for a bit and looking as best as I can I can't judge if it's real or vicious pretend, so I call the police and describe the situation. My luck, by the time the units roll up, the idiots have decided playtime is over and they've gone back inside. An hour later, I hear a loud argument break out the next street over. I can't even come close to judging which direction it is due to the presence of several large metal buildings which echo everything, so I leave it to people who are closer to call that one in.
I don't want to be known as "That" neighbor, the one who always calls in the false alarms. That said, what other ways are there to deal with this type of situation? I'm not about to scream out the window at these idiots. That would draw a target on my back, and I wouldn't put it past these guys to toss poisoned meat over the fence for my dogs. I would honestly love it if that house were condemned and knocked down.
I know I'm not the only one in this type of situation. I want to be able to feel safe sleeping with my windows open at night. I've talked with the woman who owns the house and that was less than productive. She and several of her relatives are up on drug charges already, they don't care what these jerks do. So what say you guys?