Residents said at a community forum Tuesday night that crime, trash and dismal-looking storefronts all are holding back North End neighborhoods around Acushnet Avenue. David Price, director of the Comunidad Nuestra Development Corporation in Roxbury, said his community solved similar problems and that he thinks North End residents are ready to tackle their issues.

The next Acushnet Avenue community meeting will be Tuesday, April 8 at Global Learning Charter School on Ashley Boulevard.