Charlotte neighborhood reinvents itself

Charlotte neighborhood reinvents itself

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on February 14, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 9:48 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In the past crime scenes were a common occurrence in the Double Oaks Public Housing Community off Statesville Road.

But Thursday afternoon there was a ribbon cutting for Brightwalk, a new development that replaced the old Double Oaks.

"Hope this will bring back the neighborhood, peaceful that you can come out and sit in the park and enjoy yourself," said neighbor Joanne West.

When finished, Brightwalk will have 1000 housing units and a mixture of low, middle and upper income residents.

"Brightwalk stands as one of our examples of what we can do to reinvent parts of our city, to rein-invite population into to our grown city from the inside out," said Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, who participated in the ribbon cutting. 

Part of the reason Double Oaks was torn down was to remove the drugs, crime and despair. Police say that its replacement won’t get any extra attention.

"It's not the police department coming in and fixing a problem, it's the police department and the community working together," said Captain Mark Harris of CMPD'S Metro Division.

Marsha Rhoades was the first resident to move in several months ago, she didn't let the past affect her decision.

"I'm an urban girl, and I did my research before I moved in here because I was the only homeowner in here for quite a while. And I have had absolutely no problem at all on this side of town," said the Atlanta native.

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