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Downtown residents upset over trash

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Some downtown Atlanta residents are asking city officials to clean up their neighborhoods before building a new Falcons stadium.

Residents say that homeless people are leaving trash near the Georgia Dome and expensive condos in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood.

James Chumbley owns a loft in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood.

"It's really like a jewel in downtown Atlanta that unfortunately is being ignored," Chumbley said.

Chumbley's condo is a short walk from the Georgia Dome, where a proposed new football stadium is expected to be constructed.  Trash lines the area between the condo and the dome.   

"You walk by here, you can just smell it. You see rats, I've seen many rats in the summer just scurrying around," Chumbley said.

When Chumbley takes his dog for a walk, and the temperatures are mild, he says that it's as bad as it can get.

"My message to Arthur Blank and the mayor and the city officials is that this should have been done a long time ago for the taxpayers. For the people that live here. They don't live here. We live here. And this is just continuing to go unnoticed. And like anything else in the city, with something big happening, they're going to try to make everything look great for them," Chumbley.

Residents said that they are concerned that the standing water can spread diseases in the area.

Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall  promised that the area will be cleaned up by April 13.

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