Neighbors Along Rosa Parks Ave. Concerned About Dilapidated Homes
Along with next year's 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, is also the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March. Millions of dollars are being spent to fix up downtown Montgomery in preparation for them.
But on a road that ironically holds the name of civil rights activist, Rosa Parks, are also dozens of dilapidated homes. And some neighbors believe their neighborhoods are being ignored...
We road along the streets of west Montgomery -- neighbors who live along Rosa Parks Avenue say they've been waiting a long time to see eyesore homes torn down. So as they're seeing all of this construction going on in other parts of the city, they want to know 'what about them?'
Dozens of homes boarded up. Some nearly falling apart. It's a problem Wonder Thomas says depreciates the value of her home. She says she's lived next to this boarded up house for over 10 years.
Lee says it's because some city leaders have made priorities to fix roadways along the Selma to Montgomery March to be ready for next year's 50th anniversary celebration -- Rosa Parks Avenue is not on the route.
Councilman Lee says it costs between $1,500 and $2,500 to tear down a home. And because of the Selma to Montgomery March projects, the many demolitions are not in the budget.