The Melrose neighborhood is joining forces to make it a better place to live.
In recent years, the Melrose neighborhood hasn’t been one that anyone aspired to live in. It’s been a place to leave, even if just for Sunday church services. Slowly, though, a change is taking place.
On Saturday, a prayer walk was organized by neighbors, churches and the Roanoke Police Department — yes, police officers. The department was the first to volunteer to move into the neighborhood, and to heavily police the streets through the Drug Market Initiative, which aims to clean up crime-infested streets and turn them back over to the decent people. Since it began earlier this year, DMI has enjoyed success with a reported 57 percent drop in crime — and more impressive, a 71 percent drop in violent crime.