Algiers residents upset about dark streets

Algiers residents upset about dark streets

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Concerns over safety permeate an Algiers neighborhood because the streetlights there don't work. Homeowners say they're fed up and want the city to do something about it.

Walnut Bend subdivision resident Marie Goodly says, "My daughter lives right down the street and if I have to go to her house at night, I drive."

Goodly believes she shouldn't have to live like this. "It's really unacceptable that the citizens, we pay our taxes, we try to keep our neighborhood clean and we cannot get a light bulb changed."

People in Walnut Bend say last May they noticed one or two street lights out. Over time, the number kept increasing. "They got three lights out on this street and about four round on Beck," Jaurell Aisola said.

Andre Banks adds, "It's like pitch black, you can't see coming home at night. You don't know who is in your driveway."

Many residents say they called the city's 311 hotline and City Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey's office, who represents Algiers but the lights still went unfixed.

"We've been here for 21 years and this is the longest we've ever gone without light and without action from the city," said Banks.

This past summer, the Landrieu administration embarked on a mission to replace 20,000 lights around New Orleans. Using $14 million, attention was first focused on dark stretches of St. Charles Avenue and New Orleans East. The residents in Walnut Bend say they're not mad that other areas are getting attention first, they just hope their lights will eventually be tended to.

"I'm not biased about who gets a light fixed. Everybody has a right to have lights in their neighborhood. You know, I need lights, you need lights, we all need our lights," Goodly said.

Goodly and others say they'd just appreciate some sort of answer from the city as to when that might happen because they're done living in fear.

In a statement, Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey says she's aware of resident's concerns regarding streetlight outages. She goes on to say she's working closely with the Department of Public Works to ensure the concerns of residents are met and she's working with the city to make sure the issue is addressed.

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