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South Richmond neighborhood to get much needed cleanup

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People living in the neighborhood near Wytheway and Darden Street in south Richmond may soon have a solution to a pollution problem that has spanned more than two years.

The city of Richmond Storm Water Utility along with the Clean City Commission is teaming up with volunteers to clean up trash in the neighborhood near George Wythe High School, and people who live there say this help couldn't come soon enough.

Neighbors say old tires and pieces of furniture littering the alleyway are the first thing they see when they walk out their back doors. "They ain't coming in my back yard dumping nothing," Gerard Simms said. "They throw old tires back there because they have a couple of those used tire places right here on Hull Street, and they just used this for a dumping ground," Simms said.

Simms says he thinks the people who dump the tires don't even live in his community. He said the space behind his home was once a play area for children, but now his neighborhood is plagued by high crime rates, garbage and flooding.

"It was a nice neighborhood back in '69 and '70, but now it has gotten a little rough," he said.

In an effort to clean up this mess, the Richmond Storm Water Utility and the Clean City Commission is calling on volunteers to meet at George Wythe High School next Saturday for a community cleanup day. Organizers say it's a step in the right direction to revitalizing this blighted area. Posters advertising the neighborhood cleanup say that dump trucks will be on hand to take away and discard this debris.

This isn't the first time a major cleanup has taken place in the area, but residents are hoping that things will stay clean this time. They are also sending a message to the ones responsible for the trash in their back yards: It's not allowed here.

"If I normally see them or somebody else see them that live here a long time will normally tell them, ‘Hey, hey, you can't dump nothing back there,'" Simms said.

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