National Guard crushes one of Harlingen’s worst homes
HARLINGEN — As the excavator crashed its jaw through the roof of the home, it spelled the end for one of the City of Harlingen’s biggest problem residences.
“Operation Crackdown,” the Texas National Guard’s effort to improve communities by subtraction of abandoned and dilapidated housing, was there to remove 23 of the neglected homes.
On Thursday, it was 513 West Monroe’s turn.
“The 16 properties that were taken down today represent over 277 calls for service over the last three years,” Harlingen Police Chief Jeffry Adickes said. “That’s 277 times that the Harlingen Police Department had to respond to calls for service or cries for help from these neighbors.”
For Adickes and his officers, the removal of the home on West Monroe has special significance, and its destruction probably calls for some kind of departmental celebration.
“The house behind me, 513 West Monroe, represents about 65 percent of those calls,” the chief said. “In the last three years we had about 180 calls here just alone. And that includes prostitution, assault, disturbances, drugs and gangs.”
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