Taking Back Our Neighborhoods Catalina Crisis Continues - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Taking Back Our Neighborhoods Catalina Crisis Continues

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

For more an two years now, 3 On Your Side has been telling you about a pair of eyesores on Catalina Circle in south Jackson and how frustrating it is for residents. We went back Monday to see if anything had been done and here's what we found.

Terri Byrd tells me when her family first moved to Catalina Circle 26 years ago, she thought it was like being in the Garden of Eden. That changed over time, she says, as the neighborhood changed.

"To walk out your door and see, you know, such an eyesore, it's just very, very depressing," said Terri.

She's talking about 153 and 145 Catalina Circle; the abandoned, dilapidated and burned out structures her family has had to look at and deal with for six years now. The city of Jackson posted warning notices on the houses, but that was January 11.

Well, it's spring 2016 now and weeds are beginning to grow, some taller than I am and if there's any consolation in that, it's that those weeds will eventually obscure all the discarded liquor bottles, condoms and other debris.

Terri says the mayor's office, community improvement and other city offices are giving her the run around.

"They're telling me to go to someone else and that person will send me to someone else and that person will send me to someone else and you end up back to the first person and it rotates," said Terri.

To add insult to injury, Byrd told us some eyesores featured in Taking Back Our Neighborhood reports are addressed almost immediately, like the collapsed house on Boyd Street in historic Belhaven Heights. It was cleared a week after our report aired in January. 

We asked Terri Byrd what she thought was the reason behind the lack of action.

"I'm not sure. I mean, It may be that because of our skin color, now I'm just saying this and maybe because of our skin color, it's just not priority to the city of Jackson." said Terri."I never thought that I was gonna ever move from here. I thought that this was where I stayed and now I'm having to look for somewhere to live."

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