Residents hope for change in their neighborhood

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Some residents have become impatient with the lack of maintenance of homes in their neighborhood of Evansville.

According to one resident, abandoned homes have become the norm in the downtown neighborhood near the 800 block of Line Street.

Some residents say the houses have been abandoned for more than a decade and they are worried about squatters and criminal activity.

The wildlife that inhabits these places also hassles for those who live nearby.

“Most of these homes here were built in the last 15 to 20 years,” said Fredrick Cook, president of the Center City Improvement Association. “This house has always been there. It’s been empty for so long and nothing is being done about it and I think it’s awful that we’re put on the backburner in the 4th Ward when it comes to accommodations like this.

Grace Wilson lives next door to a property she says caught fire in 2018 and still has the same damage and hasn’t been cleaned up.

She says wildlife also cause problems, as they come and go from the house next to hers and often wander around her residence.

“Before we watch it, we have to watch the opossums and raccoons that come out every night around 8:30 a.m. and cross the street,” Wilson explained. “A baby opossum came on my sidewalk under my porch.”

Wilson says she just wants something done to fix the problem

“They can either fix it or tear it down, it doesn’t matter to me but I’m sick of all the rodents and the things we have to put up with,” Wilson said. “It’s scandalous.”

Cook believes that these abandoned houses are not a good representation of the inhabitants of the neighborhood.

“Looks like these 4th Ward homes may be burned down, abandoned, homeowners away,” Cook said. “We don’t get any consideration.”

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