Wayne Treat concentrates on building a doorframe for his nephew's beauty shop on South Grand Avenue. "This neighborhood is run down, it needs a lot of work," Treat said. "I remember at age 15, walking through here at 1 AM and being perfectly safe. Now it's crazy walking around here at any hour."
Though crime occasionally riddles South Town, it is more serious in the neighborhoods to the east. Still, because of the proximity to those neighborhoods, some are afraid, especially visitors.
"Alot of customers no longer come here because they are afraid," Cinda Barger, a cook at the Walleye Stop restaurant and South Town resident, said. "It's a stigma they are fighting."