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Two women you should know

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A neighborhood that used to be known mainly for crime and several police calls is improving.

Madison police say the Allied Drive community is changing, thanks in part to two very determined women.

Sina Davis and Selena Pettigrew are the dynamic duo making a difference in that community.

Selena says, "Allied is totally different. It's changed. At one time I wouldn't walk down Allied, but now it's not a problem."

Still, Allied has its problems, including safety issues.

But, police say while things have a ways to go, they are getting better.

It's due in large part to Sina and Selena's efforts, as the leaders of the Allied Neighborhood Association.

They work closely with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, the Fitchburg Police Department, the mayors of Madison and Fitchburg, and the people of the community, to bridge a racial gap, and help provide services to the area.

Michael Johnson of the Boys and Girls Club says, "These women work tirelessly to make sure children and families have a quality of life that's improved."

Among all the other things Sina and Selena do for the community, they help raise money for food and were able to feed more than 300 people this past Thanksgiving.

"Don't give up, you just don't give up," says Sina.

Madison and Fitchburg police both agree crime and safety are still concerns for Allied.

However, they also agree the area has improved in recent years.

Madison police say they've seen a 50% decrease in calls for service since 2006.

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