Corbin Prydwen moved into the Mountain View section of Roanoke in June. "I love the historic homes, the character, the charm. It's a great neighborhood," Prydwen said.
While he likes the way the neighborhood is headed, there is a problem he's working to fix. He says prostitutes frequent this area of Chapman Avenue. "Middle of the day, toward the afternoon we will have anywhere from 3 to 4 prostitutes hanging out under the trees here," he said.
That prompted Prydwen to take action and post signs in his yard saying "No More Hookers" to discourage the activity on his block. "Just taking a stand within my community, letting them know I live here. I am not going to tolerate this. This is my home," he said.
At night, the sign out in front of his home lights up drawing even more attention to the issue. Prydwen says he's contacted police numerous times and believes they are helping clean up the situation.
"They are working fairly well, I think, for what they can do. I just would like to see more of it. I would like to see some laws, like Richmond or D.C. with the no prostitution zones," Prydwen said. "We want this to be a neighborhood like any other neighborhood, where you can go outside and sit on your porch without worrying about drug deals or prostitutes. We just want a good neighborhood like anyone else."
We contacted Roanoke City Police about this issue. They tell us prostitution arrests have been made in that area. They also continue to patrol the Mountain View community, but many times it's hard to make a prostitution arrest unless they see it in progress. They also say a lot of prostitution has moved from the streets to the Internet over the years.