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Columbus neighborhoods and safety focus in 'State of Our City' address

It’s a new year in Columbus, but problems connected to safety remain. Safety and neighborhoods were the focus in the “State of Our City Address” Wednesday night. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- It’s a new year in Columbus, but problems connected to safety remain.

Safety and neighborhoods were the focus in the “State of Our City Address” Wednesday night.

The event was held at Reeb Avenue Center. The community center is located near the scene of a homicide last December 11th in what was the deadliest year for homicides on record.

Darean Williams volunteers at Reeb Avenue Center and said safety is a topic on her mind.

"Certain area that have higher incidents. I feel like if we got into those areas and kind of targeted what caused them and like what the story is behind it,” explained Williams.

Wednesday night’s address was different than others. Instead of a speech, Mayor Andrew Ginther briefly addressed a room full of city leaders and residents. Afterward, he led a panel discussion with leaders in various fields on solutions to the city’s issues.

Mayor Ginther explained his Safe Neighborhood Initiative is one step in addressing problems residents will notice this year.

"You're going to see more officers out there. You're going to see public, private partnerships improving the quality of life in neighborhoods and making things safer,” explained Mayor Ginther.

The mayor also called on help from city residents in addressing the issues discussed during Wednesday night’s event.

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