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Changing Minds in CR

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Angie Shultz has lived in Wellington Heights for 15 years.

"There's no other place in Cedar Rapids like this neighborhood," said Shultz, a Block Captain in the neighborhood.

But it wasn't always that way.

"The early 90's it was really pretty bad, 15th street was horrible," said Shultz. "It wasn't safe."

She says community organizers came together then to take the streets back from gangs.

"There's no bullets falling from the sky over here, contrary to what people may think," said Shultz.

Since then, she says her neighborhood has come a long way, but it still can't shake that reputation.

"It's like an umbrella over us," said Shultz. "And it's not true."

Part of repairing that reputation is the "Know Your Neighbor" program to get people closer to each other.

"We're trying to provide that way to get engaged," said President of the Wellington Heights Neighborhood Association Justin Wasson. "We want them to do things that they have interest in."

It could be a trip across town or as simple as having some people over to play video games. The point is to build a community that not only the people who live there, but that all of Cedar Rapids can be proud of.

"If you have a child, and I'm going to have a grandchild, it takes a village to raise a child," said Shultz.

A village that feels forgotten by the rest of its city, but not if Angie can help it.

"We're working on it," said Shultz. "We'll get it."

The meeting is tomorrow night at the First Congregational Church at 6:30.

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