In our experience, we've learned that the best defense against crime is an organized block. A good example of the power of community organizing happened last spring in the Harwood neighborhood. Near the end of 2012, a wave of violence swept up the Greenmount corridor, leaving one 16-year-old dead and five people shot. As a concerned community leapt into action, Greater Homewood trained people to become block captains. 16 community members attended, vowing to take action and be accountable for their neighborhood. After that training, a reinvigorated community association emerged and transformed the neighborhood, creating a local newsletter, raising money to physically improve their streets and sponsoring social events that brought residents closer together. Today, Harwood is rated by the real estate website Redfin as the second hottest neighborhood in Baltimore.