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Local Connection: Progress at Mayor Wright

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By: Rick Blangiardi

So much in the news over the years about Mayor Wright Public housing has been negative, related to violence and crime.

We have done our own share of stories that have focused on the problems of getting Mayor Wright under control. The Kalihi housing project was synonymous with murder, drug dealing and assaults.

But we are pleased to have done a more positive of story on Mayor Wright homes in recent weeks which shows that things have really turned around.

With the addition of 100 light poles, dozens of surveillance cameras and 24-hour security patrols, Mayor Wright, under public housing authority director Hakim Quansafi has made the complex safe again.

Quansafi, who lived anonymously at Mayor Wright for several months, installed a zero tolerance policy and evicted those who caused trouble.

The result is no murders since June 2012, a drop in robberies and aggravated assaults and a reduction by half in overall crime.

Good news for the 1,200 residents of Mayor Wright. May progress continue into the future.

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