Barclay-Midway gets new, cleaner look

April 09, 1994|By Laura Lippman and Melody Simmons | Laura Lippman and Melody Simmons,Sun Staff Writers

Spring cleaning got serious in the Barclay-Midway community yesterday, as 300 city workers swept -- and shoveled and steam-rollered and painted -- through the neighborhood.

Statistics for the cleanup, which continues today, were staggering: 438 tires and two tons of appliances recycled, 15 buildings cleaned of graffiti, eight tons of garbage picked up at curbside, 111 tons of trash hauled to a solid-waste facility.

But the cleanup effort was more than just hauling trash from the neighborhood bound by East North Avenue, 25th Street, Guilford Avenue and Homewood Avenue. City horticulturists planted trees and added top soil. Vacant houses were boarded up. Fire hydrants were painted, along with crosswalks at major intersections.

The effort made a big impression on residents.

"It seemed like for a while it was a neighborhood that was forgotten," said Nomia Crudup of the 1900 block of Homewood Ave. "But now we are like the baby of the family, getting all of the attention. We are doing great today."

The cleanup is part of a two-pronged attack that began March 19, with a series of police raids to seize weapons and drugs. The raids -- dubbed Operation Midway -- netted 50 arrests.

When the work is completed, it will be up to residents to maintain their neighborhood, said Reginald Scriber, a community advocate for the housing department.

"The crime has been addressed and now we are attacking the grime," he said. "We're going to do everything we can to make sure we get this community back on track."

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