Annual Neighborhood Symposium brings community members together

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The City of Greenville wants community members to feel safe and comfortable in their neighborhoods.

“I want to see more people come together as a group,” Leroy James said.

Greenville citizens have a long list of what they want to see changed in their neighborhoods.

James said, “We have a lot of problems that haven’t been solved, but if we work as a group we can see a lot of things get accomplished.”

Others are upset about the 10th Street Connector Project.

A community member explained, “It’s a huge thing of concrete going through the center of a historic black community and it displaced people and didn’t give them what their homes were worth.”

The Neighborhood Advisory Board wants people to be more involved in their community and have an impact on the future of Greenville by getting to know their neighbors and holding meetings. The way to create a successful city is by having successful and safe neighborhoods, they believe.

“What we try and do is go house to house and let them know that we are there and what we are trying to do, some of the problems we are working on, and things of that nature,” explained James.

Katy Conway manages an apartment complex in Greenville and wants to learn how to make her residents feel welcome.

Conway explained, “To see more activity and to bring more of a community to it, to want to report things if they aren’t right, or the simple things like picking up a piece of trash.”

The Neighborhood Symposium hopes people get to know their neighbors and work together to make their home a better place, which will ultimately benefit the city and everyone in it.

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