Where I live the social breakdown is broken up into geographical regions.... A poorer working-class neighborhood next to A middle-middle class neighborhood next to Several upper-middle class- upper-class neighborhoods All about 90% Black--right now both the working-class and middle-class neighborhoods were once all White. the several upper-middle... were always all Black (until) So, over the weekend, I went for a run, and I was dismayed at how there are actually some streets in the middle-classed n'hood that look like 3rd world countries! In the working-class areas, I found the same... When I say some, I guesstimate that in both places about 15% ot 20% of the areas were in such dissarray. I also found out that where I live, that several White families have moved in. No, I don't think that anything is wrong with it; it is just that Whites in an All Black environment? There is a White family that has always been here, and a couple of interracial families, and one Asian family who have been here probably since the beginning... but that was it. I also noticed trash on some lawns, a cup here or there... So, my thoughts are one, with gentrification... so many businesses are being built in this area... and I see all of it as something that We-- meaning African-Americans can and should hold onto. The crime rate is very very low. The houses are well-built... in the older n'hoods... There are about 10 AAs who have built mansions along the roads And the irrigation is excellent... In my life I have not known at any time of flooding etc... The schools did have reputations, but all of them except 2 are being converted into magnet schools (just meaning money being put there) A lot of the residents have home businesses..Daycare, Tax Services, Lawncare Services, Sweet Shops... Big Churches...all together about 20 or more, I guesstimate. How Do I approach the subject of getting all the n'hoods together to talk about clean-up; because those areas that are in disarray are bringing down home values... I do believe that We deserve Environmental Justice-- in that We and Our kids feel what they see; I mean, one guy literally has a Junk Yard in his front yard!!! Who do I contact? Where do I go to get info. on a Community Beautification Grants, etc... or would it be better to do it as a community? Where do We turn if we cannot get homeowners to at least clean-up? Where do We turn for those who are renting? I don't want to hurt anyone, and my friend suggested that the problems lies with those in our midst who are on section 8 and renting... they just don't give a ****, and shouldn't have been helped.... I don't feel like that. How do I approach it. Do I go to the churches? Anyone ever did this? If so, can you tell me of your process? What not to do? Thanks so much. Any help is appreciated.