Tonight, East Macon residents are voicing their concerns about the state of their blighted community.
A public forum held by the Macon Urban Redevelopment Task Force,
gave these frustrated citizens the chance to talk about what they want to see change in their neighborhoods.
The task force is working to implement changes through the Urban Redevelopment Plan that was adopted by the city this past March.
Concerns about safety, code enforcement, and sewage and drainage problems, are on the minds of many residents.
"I'm so disappointed. I'm disappointed with what the city looks like, I'm disappointed in so many things," says former East Macon resident, Brenda Lee.
Now is the time agencies like the, 'Keep Macon Bibb Beautiful Commission', are stepping in and jump starting the effort.
"This is the perfect opportunity for the mayor and city's, ward by ward, cleanups to start," says Program Coordinator, Laura Jackson, KMBBC.
East Macon is just one of the neighborhoods the task force aims to help through the redevelopment plan.
Many people at the forum said, cleaning up the community starts with a commitment from the residents to help make their neighborhoods beautiful.