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Neighborhood wants fair share from city

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SOUTH MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Residents in Memphis' Westwood neighborhood want their fair share from the city and they gathered Monday evening to talk to city leaders.

There have been two shootings involving three teenagers at the Charles Powell Community Center since September 2012.

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The community gathered to hear from city officials and voice their concerns. It was a big turnout, but Mayor A C Wharton didn't make it. City officials blamed his absence on a family issue.

Residents said they're worried about the crime in the area. Some had good things to say about the police presence in the South Memphis neighborhood, while others want more from the department.
 
But it's about more than crime. residents were concerned about a wide range of city services from trash pick-up to the damaged floor of the community center basketball court.

"You really don't deserve our vote if all you do is talk,"said Rev. Melvin Watkins of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. "We wanted to see some action and that goes for every elected official. I want to turn around and look at my elected officials - if we don't see any action then you don't deserve our vote."
 
"We're coming to Westwood with our 901 BLOC Squad to do intervention and that's going to be in conjunction with the community police the police is doing along with enhanced enforcement," said George Little, CAO of the city of Memphis.
 
Despite the recent shootings in the neighborhood, Memphis police officials say crime is on the decline. In January 2013 crime in the Westwood area dropped by 20 percent compared to the year before.
 
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell was also at the gathering answering questions about county services and telling citizens about his administration's efforts to improve South Memphis.

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