Progress in Pettigrew Heights Original

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – As KELOLAND News Investigates looks at the crime in Pettigrew Heights, this Original takes a look at the history of the neighborhood.

We searched the KELOLAND News archives for coverage of the area; review those headlines in the graphic below.

For almost 12 years, a special group of Sioux Falls Police officers has targeted gang members in the city. Ten years ago, KELOLAND News reported on the results of what the group had accomplished in two years.

On January 26, 2012, KELOLAND News reported on the rental rehabilitation program in Pettigrew Heights. We talked with the Community Development Coordinator, Brent Tucker and Dan Seifken with the South Dakota Housing Association.

Mike Cooper was the City of Sioux Falls Planning and Development Director and was there when the face lift of the neighborhood all began.

He says the redevelopment of the area really helped the crime rate. He told KELOLAND News the neighborhood association kept track of monthly police reports to watch the progress of their efforts.

In 2008, the city put together a presentation about the “Pettigrew Heights Neighborhood Revitalization,” project. The report contains different details such as the demographics, project plans and phases, updates, assessments and detailed maps of the area.

In 2009, the city sent out a survey to residents in the Pettigrew Heights touching on a multitude of things. The survey asks people who live around the area their goals for the neighborhood, what their concerns are and it outlays the city’s plans for redevelopment.

While the efforts of the city helped the area when first implemented, some people fear that crime is beginning to rise again.

It’s always going to be an area the city needs to keep watch on.

Mike Cooper

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