JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – Two weeks ago a south Jackson man complained about the years of blight and neglect in his neighborhood.
Now the Winn Street homeowner says the city has come to his aid and given hope to his community.
We met Bobby Williams on a cold rainy December day where the view from his porch was unsightly and discouraging.
Trash, old tires and tossed household items like mattresses, a sofa and broken furniture sat for months on the street in front of his home.
Williams said he had complained to the city for years about the mess on Winn Street to no avail, but now all that has changed.
"It's a lot better than what it was, and I thank channel three more than anything," said Williams.
The 59 year old credited Andy Boone with the Mayor's Action Line and the Hinds County Sheriff's Department for the transformation.
He said crews began removing the discarded heaps of tree limbs, car parts and other debris on December twenty third.
"It gives me a lot of hope that the people will come to the neighborhood. Just get the rest of the streets cleaned up now in south Jackson. It's still a lot of work to be done, but it's better than what it was," said the disabled truck driver.
Lakisha Winters lives next door to Williams and said she does not understand why the trash sat there for months, after neighbors moved and placed discarded items on the street.
"It kinda does seem that we've been overlooked somewhat especially with the abandoned houses in the area and as well as the trash pickup and sometimes even the conditions of our street are very poor. It's a great thing that we've got residents like Mr. Williams that are concerned enough to bring this to the city's attention," said Winters.
Both are pleased with what they call long overdue improvements and hope the momentum continues.
"We still have a lot of vacant houses that need to be filled, but other than that it's lots better than what it was," added Williams.
The south Jackson resident is still concerned about an abandoned house next door to his.
The windows are broken, and he said thieves broke in and toke copper and other items, leaving a gaping hole in the side of the house.
He hopes the city will get tougher on absentee owners who allow the structures to fall into disrepair or offer incentives to move families into houses that need minor repairs.
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