Clean up neighborhoods before making them 'green'

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Regarding "Hilltop Neighborhoods Shape Green Strategy" (Feb. 18): I read the article and was a bit thrown by it. The hilltop has been ignored for a long time, so I thought that finally we are getting some things done.

To my disappointment the group is more concerned with hanging flower pots and making pathways connecting areas and green space. Even though these are positive ideas, they are missing the problems. We have absentee landlords/owners and empty houses falling apart. There is trash being dumped in back alleys and empty lots. Why was this not addressed in the strategy?

It took years of 311 calls to finally get my alley cleaned last summer, only to have someone dump building materials in the alley. I am still waiting for a response from the city.

Make cleaning up the first priority. Isn't that what Redd Up Pittsburgh was created for? Deal with the real issues, because all the flower pots in the world won't cover up the problems. It's a step in the right direction but a misguided one. Councilman Bruce Kraus, the South Side is not your only responsibility.

J. STANLEY
Knoxville


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