Albuquerque business owners fight to take back their neighborhood
December 13, 2018 10:15 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- A group of more than 50 business owners fears vandals and homeless people are taking over their neighborhood.
Nick Pavlakos, who owns Plaza 66, believes that the Highland District, which sits between the International District and Nob Hill, is being forgotten.
Pavlakos said drugs are a big problem.
“There's just a huge amount of needles," Pavlakos said. “My brother and I, the other day, found a needle with blood in it.”
Business owners are trying to reclaim their neighborhood, but they say they are fearful of retaliation.
“The two recent fires just last week, we don't know if the people were trying to be warm and it got out of control or they had malicious intent with that business,” said Elizabeth Stacy Vencill, who runs a law office in the area.
Vencill said she's dealt with people sleeping on her roof, exposing themselves to employees and vandalizing her property.
Vencill is part of the group of business owners working with police to make the area a more positive place to do business.
They believe increased patrols help, but they are asking the city to do more to solve the homeless problem.
Updated: December 13, 2018 10:15 PM
Created: December 13, 2018 09:31 PM
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