Aug 1, 2013 6:09 PM by Caroline Flores - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - Local business owners in the area who spoke with us say they are glad the city is finally paying some attention to their area on the westside of town.
Oscar Garza Jr. says his family has owned Agnes Furniture for the past 60 years, so he says he has seen his fair share of problems in the area.
"Agnes used to have a bad reputation, and it's not like it used to be. It used to be a lot of bars and stuff, we don't have those any more," said Garza.
So while some problems have disappeared, others like the large population of transients and prostitutes haven't.
"They're out in the street there and our customers aren't coming in. And that's not too good of an impression." said Garza.
So now that the city has taken interest in their area, he hopes Agnes can get a new... cleaner reputation.
"People won't be afraid to come down here, they won't think it's a skid row or whatever," said Garza.
But Garza says if residents in the area really want the change, they will have to make an effort as well.
"The city's gonna help us but it's up to us, the residents, to do it," said Garza.
Garza says that he hopes after the city comes in and cleans this area up, stores like his will get more business and traffic.
City officials say they plan to hold a follow-up session with these west side residents in about 6 to 9 months from now.