Residents in one Jackson neighborhood are fed up with an eyesore on their street, and one homeowner is demanding a response from the city.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Residents in one Jackson neighborhood are fed up with an eyesore on their street, and one homeowner is demanding a response from the city. A dilapidated home, located on 3702 Liberty Street in Jackson off of Medgar Evers Boulevard, has neighbors ready to take back their neighborhood.
In a 3 On Your Side's Taking Back Our Neighborhoods report, Carolyn Thompson said, "This dump is an eyesore to this community. It's been here like this for like three or four years."
It's a familiar tune around the city of Jackson and residents, like Thompson, who live along Liberty Street are fed up.
"I've called the mayor's office. I've called the city. Even the director, the attorney for the city. I've called him also and no action," complains Thompson.
Thompson acknowledges her neighborhood is in a high crime and blighted area and she asked that her face not be shown, but she says she is speaking out to show that she and other neighbors are doing their best to change that negative image.
"I try to keep my property up. I mow my grass. I do whatever I'm supposed to do. I pay my taxes and this is what I get," she shrugs.
Thompson said every bad thing you can imagine goes on in the dilapidated structure.
"Then we have kids that catch the bus right here at this bus stop. And I've got them to catch the bus on this side of my street because it's so dangerous for them to catch bus on this side, you know," voices Thompson.
Even worse, says Thompson, is that this is not the only eyesore along Liberty Street. She says she calls police when necessary and that she has also talked to the owner of the seemingly abandoned property but she has gotten no where with resolving this unsightly and dangerous mess.
"Only thing I got to say is to the city of Jackson, that you know, because we're in this area, that don't mean that we don't deserve a decent place to stay," Thompson argues.
There is some good news, city spokesperson, Quita Bride said the city does have an active case on 3702 Liberty Street. Bride said the process has been completed and the property has been approved to be cleaned and boarded up and will be included in the upcoming bid package so that the cited violations can be corrected.
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