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Wed December 8, 2010
Mayor Landrieu Calls For Volunteers To Fight Blight
By Eileen Fleming
New Orleans, La. – Mayor Landrieu is calling it the "Fight the Blight" plan. It's coordinated around a five-block radius of schools, playgrounds, and high-traffic commercial corridors in each district.
"We're doing the citywide sweep by going to five different areas of the city and then we'll start over again and we'll keep going. There's no other city in the nation, other than Detroit, you know, that's got this number of it. So, it's large. It's widespread. You know - and again: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time."
Volunteers will be needed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They'll be picking up litter, planting trees, clearing lots and helping city inspectors identify code violations. Volunteers can sign up at the city website, nola-dot-gov, or by calling the mayor's office.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming