"I gang-banged on this street. I sold drugs on this street."
Rarby Gulley also became an addict on this street.
"But today I am in recovery and just celebrated a year clean."
Before that achievement, Gulley spent 13 years of his life in prison. He looks around his neighborhood and sees too many young people heading down the same path.
"They looked up to the drug dealers, those with cars and money and jewelry, and unfortunately, the kids want to be like these guys."
Most blatant is the way some drug dealers that hang in front of stores and set up shop in neighborhoods, in plain sight.
"A lot of them just let it be known, and they really don't care," Gulley said.
"The hanging out is not good. You walk by, you don't want to be harassed or bothered," said Louis Martel, Rochester resident.
City leaders are considering laws to stop those who loiter and sell drugs. Council member Adam McFadden's proposal would establish "Drug Free Zones" targeting areas where loitering is frequent.
"I think a drug-free zone is good, because kids don't need to see that stuff and think it's okay," Martel said.
"I'm all for a drug-free zone, because the only way the situation is going to get handled is to start making solutions," said Gulley.
We asked Police Chief Jim Sheppard about the legislation. He says he hasn't had a chance to read it yet, but indicated it may be something worth looking into.
"It is a proposal that is not on our books. It is something that's creative, so we'll have to look at it and see in terms of legalities if it's something we can do," Sheppard said.
Under the proposed law, drug-free zones would be identified by the chief of police.
McFadden says the concern is not just loitering, but the other crimes often perpetrated with ties to the drug trade.
"They shoot people, and sometimes just innocent bystanders get killed," Gulley said.
That, say supporters, is reason enough to crack down before another generation is lost to the streets.
"They feel the streets is theirs and the blocks and corners is theirs and they own it," Gulley said.