FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Neighbors in the Bloomingdale neighborhood say it's no longer safe to walk the streets.
Resident Shawn Heimann says, "I've been the threatened to be stabbed and killed by these people, I understand they're on hard times. But that's the kind of problem that you have on Third Street and Wells [Street]."
Heimann is referring to a growing drug problem along Wells Street, predominantly affecting Third Street, the Bloomingdale neighborhood, and surrounding areas.
Fifth District City Councilman Geoff Paddock met with Bloomingdale neighbors Saturday morning at Wells Street Park for his "neighborhood walks" to discuss the rampant drug problem affecting the community.
Resident Jessica Clark says, "We've been having a problem with drug addicts coming around, sitting on our porches, coming up and asking us if we have drugs for sale. I've been physically harmed by two different men."
Paddock organizes these walks across his district to listen to his constituents and find out how he can help.
He sees a lot of opportunity along Wells Street.
Paddock says, "We see a growing, active business corridor along Wells Street and we want to make sure that those businesses get the protection that they need so that they can feel safe while serving their customers."
But with the increase of drug activity in the area, residents still don't feel at ease.
Resident Sam Nei says, "It's just an ongoing process. Nobody's safe around here. We have eight kids just on this one block and nobody can even play outside."