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Drew Street residents welcome improved safety with a block party

June 27, 2009 |  4:13 pm

A year after Los Angeles Police raided a Glassell Park neighborhood to wrest control from gang members who had ruled the area for generations, residents of Drew Street  today poured into the sidewalks to celebrate with a block party.

They descended from two blocks of apartment buildings for burgers, music and hat balloons, a never-before scene on a street where families have stayed indoors for years because of gang warfare and drug sales.

“Nobody wants it to go back to what it was before,” said Capt. Bill Murphy of the Northeast Division.

Maria Ramirez, 57, looked on from the shade of a tree with great relief. Just four years ago, she remembers a bullet plowed into her front door. Now, she said, she feels much safer.

“I’m not as worried that something bad is going to happen to us,”  said Ramirez, who has lived on the block for 39 years.

 

-- Esmeralda Bermudez

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