[Source: EV Living, June 05, 2008] — A gun buy-back, a neighborhood cleanup, and community walk are part of the “Take Back Your Neighborhood” campaign recently unveiled by Mayor Phil Gordon. The month-long campaign will focus on four specific neighborhoods that, according to police, experience a disproportionate amount of gun violence and include several events specifically designed to make the neighborhoods a safer place.
Joining the mayor were Phoenix City Council members Michael Johnson, District 8, and Michael Nowakowski, District 7, and representatives of the Phoenix Police Department; Phoenix Fire Department; U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona; Silent Witness; and Arizonans for Gun Safety.
The goal of the program is to empower the residents of these neighborhoods to take action to prevent future gun violence. The neighborhoods involved in the project and their boundaries are:
- 7/11 Fight Back (7th to 15th avenues and Buckeye Road to I-17)
- Lindo Park (19th to 23rd avenues and Roeser Road to Southern Avenue)
- South Vista (12th to 16th streets and Roeser Road to Southern Avenue)
- Hermoso Park (16th to 24th streets and Vineyard to Broadway roads)