Posted Friday, June 15, 2007
Drive down the streets of Hough and the signs of gangs are everywhere. The names of gangs - Hough Heights, 7-all, Down the Way - are spray-painted all over abandoned houses. The impact of the gangs stands out, too. Teddy bear shrines to the dead, yellow crime tape dangling from porches, drug dealers clustered on corners. City leaders are now saying enough is enough. The mayor has launched a campaign of zero tolerance. With help from the feds, Cleveland is moving to clear the streets of violence and drugs, gang by gang. The city wants to give youth other options and hopes to attract 3,000 kids to a youth summit next week. Solutions for a safer summer, Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas.
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