The diversity of Warren was a major topic of conversation among residents and officials who turned out Wednesday night for the first of about 20 public meetings regarding the future of the city’s neighborhoods.
But when the roughly 20 people broke into two groups to discuss their specific area of the city, the discussion took on a life of its own.
Matt Martin and Mariss Williams of the non-profit Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, which organized the meeting, led each group, and started by having them discuss the strengths and challenges in each area.
The group containing downtown and historic Perkins neighbors explained why they love the downtown — the interesting architecture and cultural and religious amenities all within walking distance.
They also listed the crime and drugs that have become commonplace just north of downtown and how two killings near downtown in recent months and Warren crime in general have created misperceptions about the dangers of downtown.
The group containing residents of the North End area north of Dana Street discussed the parks, museum, skate park, bike trailhead and other assets in that area.
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