Residents, local businesses, and the Austin Police Department have been working together on the Restore Rundberg project since 2012, pledging to make a difference in the 6-mile stretch of Austin that suffers from high crime rates.
“I love the people, that’s probably the best thing,” said Rigel Thurston, who started the walking group on Nextdoor in an effort to help take back the streets. “I posted the first Wednesday on our Nextdoor website, and a few people showed up.” The group has grown steadily in the weeks since, and several police officers from the Restore Rundberg team have joined the neighbors for their weekly walk.
The group usually ends their Wednesday walks in an open lot at the edge of their neighborhood, where Thurston says the land used to be used for dumping. The group is now working to clean the area up and hopes to eventually build a park.
“Just being out here and being a positive presence – it shows that we care,” Thurston said.
As reported by ABC Austin.
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