LA CROSSE, WI -

Following a shooting that took place Saturday on Farnam Street, residents are defending their neighborhood against what they consider an unfair bad reputation.

Renee Miranda has lived in the Powell-Poage-Hamilton Neighborhood for at least two decades, and she’s experienced firsthand the changes that the city has worked to bring to it.

"I love this neighborhood, I'm not afraid to live here,” Miranda said. “There’s a lot of families that live here, and there are kids all over the place.”

City officials have put a lot of time and money into revitalization efforts into the Powell-Poage-Hamilton Neighborhood, including housing initiatives like ReNew that clean up homes across the community. Miranda’s own home was a part of the project and received fresh coats of paint and landscaping help, among other upgrades.

Andrew Londre, the neighborhood association’s vice chair, voiced concern that Saturday’s shooting would un-do the progress that’s been made in the community.

“It’s an isolated incident that's truly unfortunate,” Londre said. “That's not a fair representation of the neighborhood."

Despite the incident, Londre said he’s optimistic for the future of the Powell-Poage-Hamilton Neighborhood.

"Things are changing. Our neighborhood, I think, is a story of a rebirth of an entire neighborhood."