Apparently, a coat of paint and a ant-social behaviour hotline is all it needs to lift a sink estate out of deriliction and crime.

BBC NEWS | Magazine | A deprived area fights back:
From a distance, Strathmore Crescent in Newcastle resembles a well-ordered community. But look a little closer and you’ll spot the fake front doors, painted by artists disguising derelict houses as respectable homes.
This is north Benwell in Newcastle: An area blighted by crime where terrace houses were once sold for �1. Today, some of those houses which were boarded up are being renovated as part of the drive to rebuild communities and combat anti-social behaviour.

Does that article feel a little too glib to anyone else?