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FW Residents: City Keeping Us In The Dark Over Street Lights

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – As the sun sets over the historic Hillside neighborhood near downtown Fort Worth, darkness takes over.

“It is so pitch black at night I have to have my neighbors look out and then have them turn the lights on when I get here because it’s dark,” says Marjorie Crenshaw.

Crenshaw lives in Hillside, and has since 1929.  Her neighborhood is near Terrell Heights, where the lights shine bright.  In fact, new light poles line the streets and the neighborhood is about to get more street lights.

“It’s just not fair,” says Mary Blakemore “It makes me angry!”

In the Hillside neighborhood what you’ll find is old and broken lights.  CBS 11 came across one last summer, and to this date it’s still not fixed.

“My question to Mayor Price is why – why do we continue to be looked over and we are tax paying citizens why?” says Blakemore.

Blakemore has lived in the Hillside neighborhood for more than 55 years, “I have gone to council a number of times and nothing has been done.”

The City of Fort Worth says the neighborhood was identified for revitalization and grant money is used to light up Terrell Heights, which likely will get a half a million more dollars to put up more lights.  “You have to finish out the project.  There was $3.3 million awarded for the project over the course of 3 to 5 years,” explains Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, “You have to finish it out or you have to go back and pay and return those funds back.”

Mayor Price says the other neighborhoods need to understand that they are not being neglected, and that this is part of what was identified for urban enhancement.

But long timers from the Hillside neighborhood have been wondering why nothing is ever done to revitalize their neighborhood.

“They just don’t care. They keep looking us over and over and we do pay taxes, and I want to know why,” says Blakemore.

The city still has to buy and install 127 more lights in Terrell Heights.  That money will also come from a grant.

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