Five Points West business owners proved the power of collective action by solving a longstanding community problem.
A business member of the Five Points West Crossplex Alliance had a persisting problem with litter being dumped between her property and the liquor store. The business owner’s repeated complaints to the liquor store managers yielded no resolution, so the Alliance took the problem head on.
Alliance leaders notified Rep. Rod Scott, D-Fairfield, and the affected business owner notified the ABC board offices in Montgomery about the litter. Their joint persistence paid off when the ABC state board sent a directive to enforce maintenance of the grounds, further promoting cleanliness of the area and its businesses.
“As a community, we are working very hard with our merchants to come on board working together to encourage everyone to have a litter free environment,” said Five Points West Community President Dora Sims. “Now a clean-up crew is assigned to maintain the grounds daily.”
This is part of a larger effort by the Alliance to address litter in the Five Points West business district and present a cleaner district to visitors of the Crossplex. The Alliance is hosting a cleanup day on April 28 where volunteers can help pick up litter and contribute to keeping the heart of the community clean.
The long-term plan for a cleaner Five Points West includes raising funds to install trash cans near bus stops and other high litter locations and work with the City to regularly service them. Long term, the Alliance hopes to increase the likelihood that Crossplex visitors will feel comfortable visiting area stores for goods and services that they often leave the district to purchase.
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Downtown Birmingham has experienced unprecedented growth over the last decade, but we cannot rest on our laurels.