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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

It shouldn't take 19 Action News to point out a debris strewn street to get action from the city, but it did.

Thursday, a deplorable street near a murder scene got the once over. As Reporter Paul Orlousky found, 19's story jump started a campaign to take back a long ignored street.

It is not pretty work by anybody's definition. Men serving court-ordered community service time at East 93rd and Booth. Raking, picking up, piling up and packing up years worth of litter. Old tires, mattresses, and even a bed headboard.  

What is also present - crime. Reporter Dan Deroos pointed out the mess on Tuesday night, wondering why no one had done anything.

"They may have called the city and the city dropped the ball," said Councilman Zack Reed. "They may have called our office and we may have dropped the ball."

Councilman Reed took the criticism to heart and got things rolling. He believes areas like this allow crime to fester.

"You know when a street looks like a garbage dump, people treat it like a garbage dump," said Reporter Paul Orlousky. 

"That's exactly what the problem is," Councilman Reed replied.

Not far from the cleanup efforts, a murdered woman's body was found just last month. Reed hopes to send a message.

"A clean street sends the bad guys and the bad elements away from it."

Trouble is, the all too often lack of response from the city has led people to either flee the neighborhoods or simply not call when they see a problem. Whether it trash dumping, drugs or other crimes.

"We get criticized for a lot of things we don't do and we don't do 'em because we don't know about 'em," Reed said. "Giving up and not calling cannot be an option."

Taking back our streets is a process that will take time one street at a time, one piece of litter at a time.

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