Fort Worth city leaders on Monday encouraged residents of troubled Las Vegas Trail to support a revitalization plan and help improve their own community.
The one-mile stretch of Las Vegas Trail, from Interstate 30 to Camp Bowie Boulevard, is full of low-rent apartments and is plagued by crime, drugs and poverty.
New city council member Brian Byrd has made improving the neighborhood a top priority.
"The only way we really know what the problems are is if you tell us and that's what tonight is about,” he said.
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Byrd spoke to more than 100 residents who gathered for a community meeting at nearby Western Hills Elementary School.
"A lot of good people living here want to be proud of their neighborhood,” he said. “They want to walk down the street without feeling in danger.”
Byrd is asking neighbors to serve on committees focused on different problems like education and housing.
The city is also doing its part, cracking down on code violations and encouraging apartments to make needed repairs.
Fort Worth also is working on a new park or community center on the south side of Las Vegas Trail.