This article and OP were very timely for me. The majority (if not all) the members who have contributed seem to be outside the USA...
I'm in the dead center of it.
I live in a modest home in a quiet neighborhood of working-class people; I've been here since 1999. Over the last 3 years the house next to mine has
became a drug house.
It is erratically occupied by a huge extended family who have no
consideration for the general peace and quiet, nor the friendliness and
cooperation that has been the neighborhood norm for a long time. They are loud, abusive, disruptive, screaming at each other and their kids at all
hours, there is no mom/dad/kids structure at all.
Sometimes they're gone for DAYS, then they all arrive and start with the shrieking, screaming, and loud, booming music and generally rude,
belligerent, LOOK AT ME I LIVE HERE NOW behavior that is standard fare in "the ghetto".
It's horrible. The cops have been there dozens of times; so have family services, animal control, fire department....
they (the occupants) are impossible to talk to (refuse to do so), and I'm sick and tired of it. I don't live in "social housing" (we call that
"public housing"), but down the road less than 1/2 mile away there IS public housing, and the siren-noise and gunfire is never-ending.
This house, though, is privately owned (mine AND the one next to mine), and the owners are MORE obnoxious, inconsiderate, rude, and hateful than most
of the "public housing" people, and their dozen or so offspring are usually unsupervised and ALWAYS LOUD. Now the ghetto-behavior has spread to a few
other houses (they appear to be related to one another), and I don't understand why they don't seem to get that we, the homeowners, ENJOY the peace
and quiet, and they are DISTURBING THE PEACE.
I hate it. This Amsterdam plan looks to me like a great solution; except extend it to privately owned home areas, too. We pay taxes on our property
and part of that is so that we (the rest of the very friendly, integrated neighborhood owners) can enjoy the peace, quiet, upkeep, and atmosphere of
our modest pocket of town.......learn how to act!!
If you're going to live here.....ADAPT to the atmosphere!
I'm sorry if this offends anyone, but social skills are important and necessary. Being disruptive, rude, obnoxious, inconsiderate, and loud when you
KNOW that isn't the neighborhood culture, and doing it on purpose, is NOT COOL.
I want them to go away.
edit on 4-12-2012 by wildtimes because: (no reason given)