Cans, glass, and garbage were recently dumped in a Westfield neighborhood, inviting trouble to the area.
Residents wanted to see change and since our story aired, they got a dramatic improvement.
"It's very hazardous to everybody," said Shirley Seymour.
Just up the hill, near an overpass on Orange Street in Westfield, garbage piled up.
Beer cans, discarded food, even a tent covered the area overlooking the neighborhood.
"It was bad, lot of bottles and needles and trash and there was a couch up there," Adam Gilmore added.
However, what a difference. Since our story aired two weeks ago, it went from looking like a pit to a cozy nook in nature.
"I hope they keep it clean," Gilmore explained.
After Western Mass News told you about this area, the city said they wanted to clean this up on Earth Day.
It's a day where Westfield residents came together to make a big difference.
The garbage was one thing, but residents told Western Mass News that their chief concern is who might be leaving the mess.
Some suspect that homeless have claimed this area as their own at some point.
"The homeless go up there, drink, whatever they're doing up there," Seymour said.
Residents hope that the cleaned up property will deter any future unwanted activity there, but there are still other areas that are in need of work.
Neighbors said that it's important to simply be a friendly neighbor and kind to the one-and-only Mother Earth.
"The more the community comes together and cleans up the area is definitely going to make an impact in the area," Seymour said.
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