TOGETHER, WE CAN HELP MAKE 23RD STREET SAFER!
Juntos hagamos la Calle 23 mas segura!
3rd Annual Trick or Treat on 23rd Street,October 31st 2018!
“I’m trying to get [merchants] to understand they have to have a voice,” Drapkin said. “They need to be part of the solution.”
The Richmond Standard recently spoke with dozens of businesses along the corridor. Of those willing to discuss the matter, they all agree on some main points: Crime – particularly prostitution – needs to go. But the corridor’s popular, Latino-owned businesses must stay.
That’s exactly Drapkin’s mission – to achieve positive change without gentrification. But Drapkin has long-known that any plan, no matter how comprehensive, multi-faceted or community-driven, is easier to devise than to sell to merchants and neighbors.
“I’m a stranger and I have had to prove myself,” said Drapkin.