Inside this West State Street home are residents of the Weed and Seed area. They're part of the five neighborhood associations...That are trying to improve their way of life.
"So we can work as a unified group to get rid of the gangs get rid of the violence that's in our neighborhoods," says Rockford resident James Devoe.
Because the violence in Devoe's neighborhood has gotten so bad, he says you rarely see young kids playing outside anymore. So now members of Ceasefire are trying to come up with things to do so young adults quit getting into trouble.
"When they get bored they obviously get together and create activity so they have a significant impact on our community," says Delicia Harris from Ceasefire.
Not only is crime pulling the weed and seed area down, but so is its' appearance. Neighbors complain of unkempt yards cars parked on the lawn and the quick turn-over of renters.
"I think we've lost a sense of community I think the world has become a fast paced technologically advanced world and i think it's important to reconnect with your neighbors and know who they are and where you come from," says City Attorney Jennifer Cacciapaglia.
So to help become more neighborly, a beautification project is underway. This will bring more pride to the community and help kick crime out of town.
A neighborhood-wide clean-up is also scheduled for April 21st. There will be a block party following the event. We'll get you more information as it becomes available.