Blogger sparks conversation on crime and violence

In just the past few weeks, there have been three people who have lost their lives in Northwest Baltimore but in Park Heights, there are people who will not let that violence define their neighborhood. 
 
"If we didn't take the kind of action that we're taking now in Park Heights, this area would have been worse," Julius Colon said. He is the President and CEO of Park Heights Renaissance.
 
Many agree with him that action is what it's all about, along with being proactive and working together to effect change. 
 
"It's about getting involved in your community. If you're tired about what's going on in your community, then you need to get involved," Colon said. 
 
Colon tells ABC2 that he sympathizes with what Tracey Halvorsen expressed in her open letter to Baltimore. It is frustrating to see the violence, but he refuses to accept it. 
 
"Where we're at right now, this place used to be called 'The Ranch', used to be drug dealing and shootings and homicides.
 
Today it is a home for 60 seniors.
 
Rodney Sewell and Bernard Wells Sr. live there.
 
Both born and raised in the city, they say while there's still a ways to go, they have witnessed a transformation. 
 
"Just like this neighborhood. They said this would never happen and look what we have here," Wells Sr. said.  
 
"When people see new stuff building up, they disappear because they know that the law and citizens are not going have you hanging around no corners around here. It ain't going to be like that. It's going to change and change is here," added Sewell. 
 
All three men say it's about loving your city, and taking ownership over what happens in it. 
 
"I think that Baltimore is a beautiful city. I think it's a gem," Colon said. 
 
"I live and die for my city. I'm not going to give up on my city and I'm not going to give up on the young people," Sewell said. 
 
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