GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN)—A group of Geneva residents plans to “clean up”, “fix-up”, and “paint up” their community.
WDHN’s Mike Gurspan says these folks believe the “Riverside Homes” public housing project has gotten a “bad name” over the
years, a reputation “not” deserved.

So now a grassroots effort is underway to change “hearts and minds” there.

“Riverside Housing” is public housing, an apartment complex in Geneva.
Residents have long complained of mainly non-residents dropping litter in their
community.

On Saturday, May 21st Geneva resident Stephanie Wiggins is “spearheading a
general clean-up of that area. Wiggins says she wants to change the image
of Riverside.

Wiggins says “Well I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me and they would like to see the community clean. It’s something I would like to do, something I would like to see done. It’s just a community effort so we’re asking for everyone to come out and just pitch in. I mean from the small ones to the big ones, to anyone who can come out and help.”

Over the years, “undercover” narcotics officers have “targeted” riverside for illegal
drug activity. Several residents tell us that reputation is “not deserved”.

Mike Gurspan says “Riverside residents say they don’t always receive help from the city of Geneva. And now it’s time for them to take matters into their own hands.”

Riverside resident Johnny McIntyre says “this is my first time hearing about it, but it’s really needed. It’s really needed and has been really needed for some years.”

Riverside resident Arthur Underwood says “pick the trash up. You don’t have to come over here and throw it down. We live over here, people don’t want to come to a trashy neighborhood and throw it in a trash can.”

Several say the planned “clean up” is a grassroots effort by the residents.
They hope to see a large turnout of not only community residents, but also folks’ from
all areas of the “City of Two Rivers”.

Reporting in Geneva, Mike Gurspan WDHN news for the wiregrass.