(WMC-TV) - Neighbors are fed up with a home covered in graffiti. They are doing what they can to make sure it is cleaned up and that their southwest Memphis neighborhood stays safe.
"I think somebody should either get it cleaned up, build it right, or get rid of it because it's serving no purpose," said neighbor Lavelle Parker.
A house at McCain Road and Gainesville Avenue is apparently a great canvas for gang graffiti. It sits in a cove in a neighborhood with neatly tended lawns and well-kept homes.
Rubystein Washington has lived next door for more than 30 years.
"I wish they could do something about it, I really don't like it. There's been a fire there two times," said Washington.
It is a potentially dangerous place that could be a big lure for kids.The only thing blocking the entrance is a cloth, and it can easily be removed. One part is completely open. There is rusty metal and glass all over the place.
Neighbors say no one has lived in the house for two years, and it has gradually deteriorated.
"They started taking all of the wiring out of the wall. They even took the bathtub," said neighbor Arthur Jones.
Neighbors say the graffiti showed up a few months ago. Jones says the neighborhood contacted code enforcement and told police at neighborhood watch meetings, but so far nothing has happened.
Memphis City Council Member Janis Fullilove said she will check out the house Friday and see what she can do to correct the problem.
730 North Summit Street