The citizens group, called Partners Against Crime, worked with police and county deputies Saturday morning knocking on doors and filling out surveys.
Nearby neighborhood associations want to win back their streets, like Clark and Green streets and Trinity Avenue. Surrounding neighbors call the area "No Man's Land."
"We're basically taking this section that doesn't seem to be part of any community and either bringing them into the fold or creating their own neighborhood association," said neighborhood organizer Bill Anderson.
Neighbors stay behind closed doors, plagued with burglaries and the sound of gunfire.
"We want them to know that we still represent 99 percent of the community," Anderson said. "That other 1 percent can't have this one."