The struggle to rejuvenate a dying East Moline neighborhood continues but residents of Watertown are fighting to get things back on the right track after decades of neglect.
"There's no drugstore, there's no grocery store," says Nate Lawrence, Watertown Community Empowerment Coalition board member. "So everything the community needs, they have to leave the community to get it."
For the past year, a group of residents have created the Watertown Community Empowerment Coalition to help turn things around in this troubled neighborhood.
"The community is pretty much neglected," Lawrence adds. "So we're anxious to change that."
In the past seven years, only twelve new homes have been built in the area.
And last night, the group hit another roadblock. East Moline city council voted down 4-3 a measure that would bring $150,000 for a new community center.
"Try to get something going to teach these kids other than hanging in the streets," says Leron McDowell, Watertown resident.
"Running around the neighborhood without parent supervision, I believe it leads to kids in the wrong direction," says Lucas Weber, Watertown resident.
Council members who voted down the proposal say they need a more concrete plan and more information before they give the go-ahead.
But residents like Lucas Weber, who's only lived in the area for seven months, say change needs to happen now.
"Extreme chaos since we've lived here," Weber adds. "We've had someone throw a cylinder brick through our front window and our bedroom window while we're asleep - shots fired off."
Coalition members say they'll continue to work on making the neighborhood safer as they try to draw in some much needed new business.
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