I'm watching a corner. It is normally where the screaming teenagers hangout. At least one of the screaming teenagers lives on my street, close enough so the adult unit who cares for said screamer can walk out the door and scream the teen screamer back home. But recently I've noticed a crowd, of at least 4 men, ranging from late 20s to late 40s hanging out, displacing the screaming teens.
Now early on I want to squash the notion that hanging out on the corner is some cultural activity that should be respected. No. It is fine and dandy to hang out in front of your own house. Or on your own street. Unlike the teens, none of the adults look familiar, nor do they look like the homeless stopping for a break. No they look like men trying to set up a corner. I don't believe they live around here. If they did then they'd be close enough to walk back home to use their own bathrooms.
Also the screaming teenagers rarely if ever approached any passing cars or trucks stopped at the corner. Neither did the homeless have such a keen interest in vehicular traffic. I watched the group on the corner approach one car where the occupants were friendly and parked nearby to get out and socialize. But later one of the men also made a motion towards the truck of a neighbor who stopped for on coming traffic, then realizing something (like maybe this wasn't a customer, I'm just guessing), moved back.
Yes, I'm watching the corner. I don't want a re-establishment of the drug dealing that plagued this neighborhood years ago. There aren't as many safe houses for dealers to wander over and hang out in front of as there were years back. There aren't as many vacant houses. There is more pedestrian traffic. More owner occupied housing. Fewer crackheads. Residental parking enforcement now works, so there are things in place that would make re-establishing the dealing harder, but we still need to be vigilant.