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Shoddy sidewalk work irks north Minneapolis residents

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The sidewalk construction project in north Minneapolis began with good intentions, but neighbors say the mess crews left behind has become an eyesore and they're running out of patience.

"This looks real sloppy and ugly," Demia Crapser said.

Residents in the Willard Hay neighborhood have a lot of local pride, but homeowners say sidewalk crews left trash and damage behind. Adding to the frustration, residents say they've spent weeks waiting for the city to fix it. Meanwhile, the complaints keep adding up.

"I mean, I could trip over these stupid splotches of concrete," Delane Cleveland told Fox 9 News.

Neighbors say the crews that put in the new sidewalks left behind a shredded boulevard, trash and piles of dried concrete.

"People already don't want to come to north Minneapolis, but then you invite them over and they see this," Cleveland said.

For Cleveland, the shoddy work shows a lack of respect.

"You wouldn't see this living in the Linden Hills neighborhood," he said. "But Willard Hay, we get the shaft."

Beyond the piles of dried concrete and work gloves that were left behind, neighbors say crews accidentally knocked down a retaining wall while trying to fix the sidewalk. To date, it has not been repaired even though the repairs began in the first week of June and were mostly completed in a matter of days.

"It's been weeks now and they haven't cleaned it up. So, I'm just fed up with it," Cleveland admitted.

For many, the fact that they made their complaints known so long ago only adds insult to injury.

"Every time we reach out to the city, our letters go in the garbage cans. So, we never get a response back," Crapser said.

Cleveland told Fox 9 News all he got was a return voicemail from 311 that contained an empty promise.

"I would anticipate, in the next couple of days, they should be getting through there and they will clean up the concrete mess," a portion of the voicemail stated.

Fifth Ward Councilman Blong Yang saw the mess on Sunday for the first time after Fox 9 News brought it to his attention.

"I think it's unacceptable what they did," he said.

Yang lives 5 minutes from the Willard Hay neighborhood and says Minneapolis Public Works, and the contractors involved, need to be held accountable. In fact, he says he'll see t it personally and is urging residents to contact his office about the problem.

"That's one of the first things I'm going to do tomorrow -- let the folks at the city know we need to be better than that," Yang said.

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