Mayor Yarber: Taking back neighborhoods just the beginning - - Jackson, MS

Mayor Yarber: Taking back neighborhoods just the beginning

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Rundown, empty houses and buildings saturate the city of Jackson, but is anything being done to rid the city of these eyesores that are attracting crime?

"It's a crying shame, a crying shame the way things look here in Jackson," said long-time resident Alfred Lloyd.

He has lived in the city for more than 40 years. Lloyd says he and his neighbors on Eastview Street take pride in keeping their properties up to par.

Mayor Tony Yarber is on a mission to cleanup the Capital City of eyesores. He says part of his plan is continuing to keep the Metro Area Crime Elimination, which is a partnership between the Jackson Police and Hinds County Sheriff's Office, active.

"MACE is amazing for this because what it does is, there is an initial crime suppression piece that is followed up with code enforcement," said Mayor Yarber. "Code goes in after the crime has been suppressed. They look at the cleanup of an area making sure the codes are being enforced and applied appropriately. The final piece to that is how we go in and empower the community to take over their own neighborhood and to be engaged in the revival and the revitalization of neighborhoods."

Yarber says tearing down all dilapidated homes and buildings is not the solution.

"I want to see people move in to Jackson," said the mayor. "We want to see 25,000 people back in the city and be back up to 200 thousand people as the main anchor of this metro area and that doesn't happen just by tearing down homes. If we need to tear them down we want to see houses being rebuilt."

"We do everything we can to try and keep it up," said Lloyd. (It is difficult) because of the lack of people. Some people want to cooperate, some don't. I speak for this block highly. We all are together."

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