Memphis Lady Fighting Blight In Her Neighbordhood

Memphis Lady Fighting Blight In Her Neighbordhood

- It is a fight against blight for one woman in Southeast Memphis. She is frustrated because a few rental property owners are not taking care of houses on her street.

MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - It is a fight against blight for one woman in Southeast Memphis. She is frustrated because a few rental property owners are not taking care of houses on her street.

"I'm tired of the owners of these properties, and not all of them are from out of town, not taking responsibility to make sure that the property is properly maintained," Barbara Taylor said.

Taylor has lived on the street for more than 30 years. Both the outside and inside of one neighborhood house has seen better days.

"There's nothing in the house now and it remained open and the city came and cut the grass," Taylor said.

In the past, Taylor said renters tried living here. But they moved out because they weren't happy with the property manager.

Meanwhile, the front and back doors were often wide open. So anybody could get in. That worried neighbors.

"They want to live on this street. They don't want to live on the other street where no one is fighting for their street,” Taylor said.

A code enforcement officer said the front and back doors were recently boarded up and the windows are secured.

Memphian Mike Minnis with landmark food pantry said if more people owned instead of rented, there would be fewer eyesore properties.

"A homeowner has more pride in their neighborhood than a renter. The renter might say, well let the landlord take care of it," Minnis said.

In an effort to clean up areas like this, Memphis Mayor AC Wharton filed more than a hundred lawsuits against owners of rundown properties.

Those suits were filed under the Neighborhood Preservation Act.

Barbara Taylor says negligent property owners need to either fix them up or tear them down.

"We want it to look good as best we can while we live here," Taylor said.

Local 24 called the owners of the house in question several times in the past three weeks and left messages. Nobody has returned our phone calls.

The owner is expected in court next Monday.

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