East Central business owners collaborate to reduce neighborhood crime

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A group of Albuquerque business owners are fed up with crime and the homeless problem in their area. Now, they’re banding together.

HUB66 was started to clean up the area along the Central corridor between Washington and San Mateo.

“We think if it’s cleaner and safer, that will make more people want to come,” said Elizabeth Vencill, who started the group.

Vencill once found homeless people sleeping on the roof of their law firm. She said that was the last straw.

They held their first cleanup day on Saturday, expecting a turnout of around 50 people. They got over 100. This included the Highland High football team and several groups from Albuquerque High Schools.

The group picks up needles and other trash in the neighborhood and plans on sending details of what they’re finding and where to APD and the city.

“If we have more people partnering with the mayor and city council, we can say ‘Mayor we need more community workers here’ and we don’t have the capability of the city to do that data,” said Councilman Pat Davis.

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