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A Couple Changes A Street One Building at a Time
PADDOCK HILLS, Ohio (WKRC) -- The Broken Window Theory is if one window is broken and allowed to stay that way, it sends a message that no one cares about fixing it.
Experts say when no one cares, it attracts bad people. That leads to crime and fear. This story is about a broken street, and how one couple is changing it, one building at a time. Local 12's Deborah Dixon takes us to the old drug alley.
This is what all the buildings here on Reading Lane in Paddock Hills looked like when Mary and Joe Brickler buy them.
When the Bricklers first started buying up four families here they couldn't believe how cheap they were. The first one cost 24,000. They soon found out why.
They were buying on a street known as drug alley.
In every building was a drug dealer, flavor of the day, one building heroin, the other meth. When the Bricklers first started renovating there was a garbage dump in the back of a building where the garbage went from the ground up to a second story window.
Now the Bricklers own five of the 12 buildings, the ones with plum doors. Inside the worn wood floors where raccoons used to live are revived. Bathrooms and kitchens up graded, along with the kind of people allowed to live in them.
Reading Lane was the broken window theory. No one cared enough to fix the window, garbage piled up and bad people felt comfortable. It is not drug alley anymore; changed by fixing one broken building at a time.
A dozen of the new residents attended the Paddock Hills National Night Out for the first time this year. Friday they are invited to a family Halloween party at the Avon Woods Nature Center.
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