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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Meadowview, Sacramento, California

 Meadowview is a neighborhood of Sacramento, California located in the southernmost of the city.
Meadowview is bordered by 47th avenue to the north, the Watt/I-80–Downtown–Meadowview Light Rail Line to the east, an open field to the south, and State Route 160 on the west. Meadowview is located near Interstate Highway 5 (I-5).

The neighborhood started out with middle and working class African-American families migrating from the Bay Area, Deep South, and Midwest. It was a tight-knit community with many families attending the same church congregations or sharing the bond of migration. Some residents were working professionals with college degrees including Doctors, Teachers and many veterans. During the late 1970s to early 1980s more families migrated from the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. During this time many neighborhood businesses closed. Crime and gangs started to prevail during the 1980s and early 1990s. Thereafter Meadowview became a place where families could be raised safely. New additions such as the Samuel C. Pannell Community Center (named after the late African-American city official), Walgreens. The Community Center, offers events such as Teen Unity (The Basement)and has a gym, computer lab and other facilities. Housing is increasing on the neighborhood's south side.
Schools

The Meadowview area is part of the Sacramento City Unified School District which operates Mark Hopkins Elementary School, John Bidwell Elementary School, John D. Sloat Elementary School, Freeport Elementary School, Susan B. Anthony Elementary School, Edward Kemble Elementary School, Cesar Chavez Intermediate School, Rosa Parks Middle School (formerly C. M. Goethe), John H. Still K-8 and the Luther Burbank High School.
Crime

This part of Sacramento is known for drug and gang violence, mainly affecting the African-American community. During the 1970s and 1980s the apartment complex known as Danger Island/The Rock was a hotspot for narcotics in Sacramento. Streets such as 68th, 69th Avenue, Detroit Blvd, Skelton Way and 29th Street were known in the 80's for heavy criminal activity.
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