Some Birmingham citizens upset over left behind rubble

By Melanie Posey

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The city of Birmingham has torn down abandoned homes in several areas of the city recently. In one neighborhood, the houses may be gone, but the demolition piles are still there.

It is happening in the La Quemada community.   FOX6 counted three piles of rubble that have been left behind almost two weeks after the demolition happened.

"Horrible.  I can't believe they tore it down and left it like that.  Now it looks worse," says James Knight.  He says he has gotten one flat tire since the houses were torn down.  

Knight's neighbor, Shirley Crow, says she has gotten three.  "I don't know what to think.  I think they should have finished it."   

Daniel Castellon says there is a pile by his home as well.  He is concerned about the children. "Little kids are curious," Castellon says.  "They just go to it and could get hurt."  

Castellon believes the reason the piles were left behind because this is an underprivileged area.  Mayor William Bells says that's not so. "I'm somewhat upset and we're going to deal with that within the next 24 hours."  

Bell says the Public Works Department dropped the ball while he was out of town last week.  "The whole purpose of the one to one is to show the city's commitment.  By leaving that rubbish behind it doesn't demonstrate that," Bell asserted.  "As mayor, I'm going to make sure we go back out and do what we need to do to leave citizens satisfied with the cleanup that took place in that area.

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