Without blight money from the city; Flint residents are faced with 'a dump'
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 22:01:34 GMT —
Residents on Flintâ??s west side are calling a part of their neighborhood "a dump" after seemingly abandoned properties are being looted and piled with trash.
In a city in a financial emergency and no money to fight blight it is pushing the burden onto the people who care about the city. The same people who are afraid to live in it.
"We don't sleep at night and i am planning on staying here till I can do better," said Flint resident Otis Tucker.
Tucker is trapped in a nasty situation. Living next door to a former mini PD station and apartment complex on Stevenson Street in the cities fifth ward.
"Its going to take the residents to partner with the city and report this information," said 5th ward councilman Bernard Lawler.
But residents are already using each other to weed out the criminals.
"We call each other and find out do that person know that person and then we call 911,â?? said Tucker.
From outside the trash is evident but what you don't see is inside these apartments people have come through and ripped everything out of it that could possibly get them money leaving behind trash and broken windows.
"They have gutted out all the copper aluminum refrigerators I mean everything this place is no good anymore,â?? said flint resident Dee Johnson.
Mission of peace owns the building and did not return our phone calls; however, residents say no matter who is at fault it has become their problem.
"Itâ??s real disgusting we have rats running around here thereâ??s garbage, raw garbage everywhere," said Johnson.
For now it is a stalemate between the residents and the city to who is going to clean up Flint but the bigger question is how they can keep it clean.
Councilman Lawler says he is working for stiffer penalties against illegal dumpers, including using money from confiscating the dumper's vehicle and selling it for money to clean up the city.