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Seymour Avenue residents trying to move on

Where a house full of evil once stood, a peaceful green space now lives. (Source: WOIO) Where a house full of evil once stood, a peaceful green space now lives. (Source: WOIO)

May 6, 2013 was a day that changed a neighborhood forever on Seymour Avenue, but things are still changing today.

If the house had stayed, it would have been an ugly reminder of what happened on the Cleveland street. Instead, Ariel Castro's house was knocked down and now provides some much appreciated neighborhood green space. 

Joseph Webster enjoys seeing the positive energy coming from what could have been just another sad space. 

"Little kids be throwing the football. They play basketball in that parking lot. Neighbors let their dogs loose over here," he said as he looked over to the green lot.

Webster moved in after the Castro house was demolished. He says at times, there will be talk of what happened, but for the most case, the neighborhood and its residents have moved on. 

"I know some people might feel some type of way because of what happened or they might feel unsafe. That's not even the case," he said.

What you won't see there is any type of commemoration. If you didn't know the history of Seymour Avenue, you would have no idea of the evil that existed. And you will not, as there are no plans for any type of remembrance as outreach in the neighborhood shows no support.

What you might see in the future is redevelopment. City Councilman Brian Cummins says there have been preliminary discussions. 

"There clearly is some ideas and interest for redevelopment in that general area, which could include those parcels. But there is nothing definitive," Cummins said.
 
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