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Citizens voice concern over Jeff Davis Corridor issues


Citizens are voicing concern over the state of the Jefferson Davis Corridor. The councilperson representing the area in South Richmond is hoping the heads of city agencies will listen to the people at a community meeting Thursday night.

We spotted broken glass, garbage, even a couch cushion and some unidentifiable animal bones on just one block of Jefferson Davis Highway.

"Always work to be done, an ongoing process," said Shaishav Patel, who owns a gas station on Jeff Davis. "You just have to make it work."

Councilwoman Reva Trammell frequently gets an earful.

"‘Reva look at this,'" she recalls her constituents saying. "‘Reva, look at that. Reva, our weeds are this high.'"

Trammell says the blight sends a message, which invites criminals.

"It says, 'Hey, we don't care,'" she said. "'We don't care.' So anybody can come in here. Anybody can do whatever they want. They can hang around here. They can throw their trash. They can shoot up drugs, prostitution."

The director of Richmond's Department of Public Works, schools superintendent, animal control and police officers and firefighters were invited to Thursday's meeting to discuss those very problems.

Patel, who regularly goes to the community sessions, explains this kind of discussion is critical.

"It's everybody's responsibility," he added. "You have to work together in a team."

Some believe that's the only way to progress.

"We're getting there," Trammell told us. "We're slowly getting there."

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