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West Bank residents join movement to improve city streets

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What started as a movement amongst residents in Lakeview, to get their streets fixed, is now spreading to neighborhoods across the City of New Orleans. Now, homeowners on the west bank explain why they're spending lots of money, to keep others safe.

Pointing to a section of road raised at least a foot above the rest, Tall Timber subdivision resident Pierre Hjartberg says, "If you came down here going 25 or 30 miles per hour and we didn't have these signs here, you would total your car."

In the Tall Timbers subdivision on the West Bank, homeowners are taking measures into their own hands to protect motorists. They've spent hundreds of dollars on orange barrels and signs warning drivers of trouble spots. "It's very frustrating and particularly when you're looking at a very, not only a bad situation but a dangerous situation," said Hjartberg.

The residents here say for years, they've been pleading with the city and Sewerage and Water Board for help. Rebecca Harris-Smith says, "I've put in numerous calls and it's just ridiculous, I don't know what it's going to take."

Over in Lakeview, a group of homeowners fed up with similar road conditions recently formed the group, "Fix My Streets NOLA". They too use signs to get their message across. They've gained so much momentum, hundreds turned out to their town hall meeting this week, including city officials who promised change. At the meeting, City Councilman Jason Williams said, "We have under funded fixing our streets for at least two administrations and now it's time to get started."

Tall Timbers resident Tom Rinard says he's done hearing politicians talk and now wants to see some action. "The city needs to have a workable plan, 10-year plan, 20-year plan, I don't know what it takes, to address the infrastructure problems," said Rinard.

Rinard and others in Tall Timbers say they're open to any idea the city might come up with to raise funds for street maintenance. They're also hoping increased attention brought to the issue with bring some sort of change. "I mean, we're about to grow a tree out of the middle of the street so whatever it takes, if it's an increase in tax, we have to do something to get these streets repaired, this is ridiculous," said Harris-Smith.

"Fix My Streets NOLA" is forming committees to identify all of the problem streets across the city. They'll be presenting that information to the Landrieu administration, in hopes of getting the areas addressed.

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