Montgomery neighborhood pleads for help

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery's Highland Park community is its own slice of history.  Now, residents are worried about its future.

Ricky Craig runs the neighborhood's civic association.  It's a harrowing task as the area breaks down around him.

"When I first moved over here, you very seldom ever heard of a crime happening here, and now it's almost an everyday occurrence," Craig explained.

Recent shootings only scratch the surface of the problem.  You can find growing weeds and permanent yard sales along the streets--not to mention trash piles peppering the curbside.

Tuesday, Craig and other residents addressed the City Council.  City leaders got the message loud and clear.

"We cannot allow this neighborhood to be destroyed by people who don't have an investment in the neighborhood," said councilor Tracy Larkin, who represents part of Highland Park.

Residents may not see changes overnight.  Legislation keeps city workers from cleaning up some yards for 120 days.

It's a tough pill to swallow as neighbors wait for a solution.

"I still am hoping that I would retire here. And the way things are going, I don't think anybody is," Craig said.

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