I live in Greenfield with my husband and cat. I work full time. Frugality and simplicity have been a part of my life long before they became popular and it has made life a lot less stressful. I love volunteering, home improvement/decorating, crafting and gardening.
We cannot do everything on our own. With assistance from others who are attempting to reach the same goal as us, we can get things done.
If there is a drug house(s) in a neighborhood, neighbors can get together and work with the police department and the city/municipality to get the illegal activities out of the area. One neighbor cannot do it alone and should not be expected to. Working together, neighbors can make their neighborhood a safe place to call home for their families. I'm not talking about becoming a vigilante but just letting people know that illegal activities are not going to take down your neighborhood. If no one does anything, soon the good people start moving out and the bad start taking over and moving in. I've seen it happen.
I know only what I've read and heard on TV regarding the gentleman who feeds the birds, squirrels, etc. on South 72nd Street in West Allis. I also heard he keeps the yard immaculate...,meaning he is trying to keep the place up - however, peanut shells, bird food, etc. and get into other yards just the same. Now, this is only what I've read and seen on the TV newscasts.
My husband and I lived for about 32 years in our duplex in West Allis and my husband grew up in West Allis. It was time to move when the area we lived in became infested with drug dealing, usage and home/yards that were not maintained. Therefore, I'm not quite sure where I stand pertaining to this issue of peanut shells and feeding squirrels. For neighbors to do property damage and take this situation to court, I believe they are dealing with more than we have been told through the media. When my mom was alive, she would give peanuts to the squirrels and when some neighbors mentioned the peanut shells in their yards (not many), I asked if they minded it - they said no and got a kick out of my mom enjoying herself. I did eventually put a stop to it because the squirrels started to get a little too close to mom and watched for her to come outside.