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Residents Concerned About Trash, Overgrown Grass

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Residents in downtown Nashville said overgrown grass, limbs and trash have become a problem in the city and they're not seeing from their neighbors but public roads and property.

Metro Public Works officials said they try to get their crews to these locations as often as they can but said demand has been high and supply of crews low.

Like many Nashvillians, Michael Marti and his dog Oscar like to enjoy the city's sidewalks and green ways.

"Nashville is a huge tourism city, and we strive to put forward a great venue," said Marti.

He said the once-pretty views near his downtown home are no longer so appealing.

"Look over there, this is the green way and this is all the garbage," said Marti, as he walked us through the green ways near 4th Avenue South in Downtown Nashville.

Metro Public Works has responded saying the city cuts 10,000 miles of the county's grass.

"Our guys work very hard, 365 days a year," said Jenna Smith, spokesperson with Metro Public Works. "Usually we're coming, it might be next week, but we're coming."

With all with heavy rain in the last few weeks, Smith said it has been a busy season.

When it rains a lot, it's great for the environment but it also causes the grass to grow," said Smith. 

Officials said budget cuts over the years haven't helped the situation either.

"Several years ago during the economic crisis, that we lost several of our grass crews, we used to have part time folks that would come back during the growing season and we don't have them anymore unfortunately," said Smith.

It's a problem Marti said could be hurting more than just the residents.

"So when a tour bus comes down to Bicentennial Park and comes by here, and the Segway tours come by here and see all the garbage It gives you the impression that Nashville doesn't take care of its city," said Marti.  

To make matters worse, Marti said the city responded to his concerns by suggesting he get a group and clean up some of this mess on their own.

The city has the Metro Beautification program, where they give neighborhood groups bags and gloves. However, Marti said wasn't quite the response he wanted.  

Metro Public Works officials said they try to get to issues that are causing an obstruction or safety concerns first.


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