A street only 13 minutes drive from central Launceston has been left looking dilapidated and feeling unsafe after sustained criminal activity over many years.
Cupania Street at Rocherlea is no stranger to criminal activity, with residents witnessing dangerous driving, hooning and house fires.
In the past two years, the street has cost Housing Tasmania more than $222,000 in repairs and insurance claims because of arson attacks.
It isn't the only street or area to be targeted, with an average of 35 houses torched each year.
Burning down houses has not only racked up a huge damage bill, it also destroys properties used to give shelter to some of the state's most vulnerable people.
Independent Windermere MLC Ivan Dean's call for a systematic approach is the first step in creating tangible change for Cupania Street and the northern suburb of Rocherlea.
"Nobody really wants to take the action that is necessary to fix the problem and the people in that area are being let down," Mr Dean said.
Housing Tasmania needs to take responsibility for the properties, ensuring the tenant turnaround is speedy and houses left vacant have adequate security.
A stronger police presence is required to give remaining residents a sense of security and safety in their houses and around their neighbourhood.
The council also plays a significant role in developing and revitalising the community.
City of Launceston council's Northern Suburbs Revitalisation Plan is looking at improving housing, safety and combating negative perceptions of Invermay, Mowbray, Newnham, Mayfield, Rocherlea, Ravenswood and Waverley.
Community members have been invited to give feedback on the 20 talking points developed.
Although this is a step towards change, there needs to be a proactive and joint approach to targeting arson and criminal behaviour in hotspot areas like Cupania Street.