Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Homeowner Feels Trapped in Declining Neighborhood

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Homeowner Feels Trapped in Declining Neighborhood

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Dear Bruce: When I purchased my house, this area was the most desirable place to live.

After 15 years, the neighborhood is going down the drain because of drug dealers, robbery, etc. I can't afford to move since I am on a fixed income at this time in my life.

I have made many phone calls to the code enforcement department to try to get help, but they want me to give them my name and address in order to make a complaint about my neighbors. I am not going to do that. What other options do I have? -- Reader

Dear Reader: You say you can't afford to move because you are living on a fixed income, but it may very well be that you ought to think about selling this house and renting in a better neighborhood, perhaps a small apartment.

Regarding code enforcement, there aren't many other options, but if you are in a modestly sized community, I would consider calling your city councilman or the mayor's office and making a complaint directly to them, explaining the situation. …

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