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The City of Edmonton, Avenue Initiative has brought about many positive changes. It has begun to restore and redevelop the area in a way that reflects the local population of north-central Edmonton. During this urban regeneration the Community Response to Urban Disorder (CRUD) sprang to life. This not-for-profit society is comprised of concerned community members that want a safe, crime-free neighbourhood.
Unfortunately, drug houses and prostitution are still a blight in the north-central neighbourhoods of Edmonton. They promote crime and criminal activity in the community and surrounding areas. Derelict houses and neglected property have resulted in noticeable scaring on the block. Community members feel unsafe on their street due to the nature of people inhabiting and visiting these properties. It is the intention of CRUD to assist in creating a safer, more crime-free community by dealing with these disorder properties at a community level.
CRUD is a community initiative that serves the north-central residents, businesses and community groups within Alberta Avenue, Delton, Eastwood, Elmwood Park, Parkdale, Spruce Avenue and Westwood. CRUD manages complaints received from the public and works with the Edmonton Police Service, By-law, and other necessary agencies, along with property owners to clean up disorder properties.
To further facilitate positive change CRUD organizes initiatives that stand against disorder and illegal activity. CRUD has met with great success hosting ‘Avenue Take Overs.’ The first ‘Avenue Take Over’ was held on September 21st, 2008. This initiative invites concerned community members to re-take public space along 118 Avenue and promote a healthy community through a unified presence. This show of strength by CRUD volunteers disrupts illegal activity such as drug sales, graffiti and prostitution. Participants have come in large numbers from all walks of life to offer their support. CRUD plans to hold peaceful demonstrations such as these regularly.