SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Shreveport continued its citywide spring cleanup Monday with a sweep of the Highland and Stoner Hill neighborhoods.
A Dumpster was made available at the Highland Center for people to dispose of vehicle parts, tires, furniture, appliances, almost anything except chemicals and medical waste.
And Property Standards inspectors surveyed the neighborhoods for violations, including parking issues.
A similar property standards sweep was conducted April 26 in Shreveport’s Queensborough neighborhood and came with the promise that “more community sweeps can be expected in other areas in the near future.”
Councilwoman Levette Fuller believes revitalizing communities will help reduce blight and crime.
So beyond the city’s property standards sweeps, she has been holding cleanups in Caddo Heights, a neighborhood with a number of vacant properties. Her third effort was held Saturday, May 1. And she said there still is a long way to go.
“By mitigating the blight and having a presence in trying to keep the neighborhood clean, the neighborhood’s mental health will improve,” Fuller said. “People who feel stressed out because they can’t walk down the street without seeing a dilapidated house or a pile of trash or litter will feel better.”
Highland resident Lisa McCurdy said not a day goes by without her seeing a lot of trash on the side of the road. “It makes me want to leave, but I love this house.”
Fuller believes cleaning up can help other issues like fighting crime. “The way nice neighbors happen is by each of us taking a personal responsibility and not thinking it is someone else’s job.”
Fuller plans to have more clean-ups and is keeping an eye on the progress in the neighborhood. Click here to keep up with the next events.