Phyllis Law is from Prichard and says things are different now than they were when she was growing up.
“Parents back in my day, they taught you, but the kids today and some of the older ones, it just don’t mean anything to them.”
Law is talking trash—and there’s tons to be found, especially if you take a drive down Velma Street and Neese Avenue. The area seems to be a communal dumping ground for car filters, sneakers and tires.
The city of Prichard has posted signs warning against illegal dumping even saying the area is under surveillance but that still hasn’t stopped folks from throwing trash out, you can still see food containers and beer bottles on the side of the road.
“We want a clean and safe Prichard. Not everyone may be on the same page and so we’re trying to get the message out that this is a new Prichard, a progressive Prichard, a clean Prichard,” says Prichard spokesperson Melanie Baldwin.
Baldwin tells News 5 Public Works will be sent out to clean up the area as soon as possible. But folks in the area tell us this has been a problem here for years.
Newly elected Prichard Mayor Troy Ephriam is striving to turn things around. A revitalization project is about to kick off, which will see the repaving of roads like Wilson Avenue, the Lovejoy Loop, and East and West Elm Streets, all paid for by grant money. With other projects on the way, Baldwin says noticeable change will be coming soon.
“We have investors that are interested in developing properties and things of that nature and we have lots of partners, people that want Prichard to be successful,” adds Baldwin.
Although success starts with taking out the trash.
“People already got a negative impression on Prichard, so I think they should stop doing that,” says Brideney sellers.
Prichard is currently looking into several more grants to help with revitalization projects.
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