Residents packed a community center Thursday night to discuss ways to make area streets safer.
Kansas City, Lee's Summit and other area residents turned out for the discussion.
Dawn Lindsay, who lives in the Westport area, said she wants a better quality of life for her grandson.
"We need a world where he can grow up and I can send him out to play in my front yard without fear that something is going to happen," Lindsay said.
Residents talked about hearing gunshots in the night, even in areas deemed as safer neighborhoods. They talked about ways to prevent at-risk youth from getting involved in crime.
Some of the ideas were lofty such as helping young people live their dreams. Others involved mentoring and coalitions between community groups and agencies.
Many attendees said their desire to do something was fueled in part because of the Sandy Hook school shooting.
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