Mobile park goes downhill

April 5, 2013 

My grandparents used to live in a beautiful mobile home park with flowers, cobblestone walkways and a large social room with a large screen TV, tables for dining or games, a kitchen, library and dance floor. The outside pool had lounge chairs and tables, a pool table for players and a ping pong table. Colorful ice plants surrounded the outside area.

Since taking care of my grandparents, who are now in their late 90s, I see a deterioration of the once-attractive, friendly mobile park. It's creeping with drug dealers and opportunists. Several of the elderly are aware of this nuisance but are afraid, move, or get tired of calling the police with little done to get rid of these people. The park's owners are as helpless as the residents. The elderly are the No. 1 victims in most home break-ins and cameras seem to be the only defense. Gone are the days at grandma's house snug and secure! No more elegance, no more glamor, just Modesto getting more ghetto day by day. What a shame for all of us who can't stop this infestation eating at a once prideful community.

SUSAN REYNOLDS

Modesto

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