My mother used to live in the Springdale Manor high-rise before she passed away. When she moved in, it was a nice facility. Most of the people were senior citizens who had lived in the area. It was a quiet, friendly atmosphere.
Over the years, different people managed the building and there was a gradual decline in the way the building was run. The Allegheny County Housing Authority eventually opened it up to people from all over the region. Some there were bedridden and should have been in a nursing home. Younger people who blasted music lived there and some with mental conditions were admitted. The list goes on.
The June 27 stabbing was a problem waiting to happen; I'm surprised something didn't happen sooner. The residents are screened before their applications are approved, but the stabbing suspect has an extensive criminal record. I'm stunned management permitted this. He should have been in jail — not living with senior citizens.
Maybe this will open some eyes once and for all. It's a shame this incident, which put so many seniors at risk, had to happen.
I'm sure many of the people who still reside there would agree with me.
The writer is formerly of Cheswick.
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