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Residents talk revitalizing West Jackson amid fears zoo may leave community

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

“I want people to understand that a fight for West Jackson is a fight for them all,” said Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba.

Mayor Lumumba has been very vocal about the Jackson Zoo staying in West Jackson. Recently, the Jackson Zoo Board voted to move the zoo from West Capitol Street to LeFleur's Bluff State Park.

“We have to understand what it says to strip resources from one area of the community and you are willing to invest in another. You are saying the people of West Jackson are not worth my investment,” said the mayor.

Lumumba says his administration will work hard to bring more business and growth to the area.  And find new ways to invest and provide support to that part of town.

 Members of Working Together Jackson couldn't agree more.

“I would like to see real attention to problems in west Jackson," said WTJ member Mary Jackson. "I would like to see grocery stores there so people can have access to fresh food, I would like to see department stores.” 

Working Together Jackson is comprised of the religious and community leaders from Jackson-area organizations and they hosted the event at New Horizon Church International with Mayor Lumumba.

For many of them who live and work in west Jackson, they are already working to rebuild the area through homeownership, beautification projects and creative thinking.

 “We actually have an apartment complex that we are building to get housing there for people,” said Phil Reed.

“We are the artists," said WTJ Member Rickey Jones. "We can paint what we want and see that it will be a big benefit.".   

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