DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – People in one Dallas neighborhood have been complaining for years. There are missing sewer lids, broken curbs and overgrown lots in the Cedars — just south of downtown Dallas. Residents had hoped all of the problems would be fixed; now repairs could start as soon as Saturday.

As part of a grassroots effort to revitalize the neighborhood, residents will be doing a sort of ‘code crawl’ Saturday. They’ll be using their smartphones to document code violations.

It had been years since a business opened its doors in the Cedars neighborhood of Dallas. That was until Full City Rooster Coffee Roasting Studio decided to take a chance.

Owner Michael Wyatt said, “I like the diversity of this neighborhood and the fact that it’s a growing community.”

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But code violations are prevalent in the up and coming neighborhood and have, at times, deterred new businesses from venturing in, according to the Cedars Neighborhood Association President Michael Przekwas.

Przekwas organized Saturday’s code crawl with hopes of helping beautify the neighborhood.

He says the groups will, “…look for things like missing sewer lids, clogged sewers, broken curbs, sidewalks, overgrown lots, litter, illegal truck parking, [and] things like that.”

Residents can use the City of Dallas’ 311 app to report problems. Users can select a violation, take a picture of it, and a GPS component enables code compliance to find the location.

Przekwas says, “They can actually do it themselves. It’s really easy and a very useful tool.”

Dallas City Councilmember Adam Medrano said, “You can track them, even they can track them on their smartphone. They can track the results and see what’s been done.”

The neighborhood is now attracting interest from new developers and residents, like Wyatt, say they hope the trend continues. “I hope that it does. I think that being the first retailer in the neighborhood, for many years, has attracted more businesses. I know that we’ve had several software companies move into the neighborhood within the last year and I look forward to seeing more.”

Residents will meet inside Full City Rooster Coffee at 8 a.m. for the code crawl. They are expecting some 50 people to take part in the effort.

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