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Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Concerned citizens from across New Orleans showed up to a town hall meeting Tuesday night organized by a new campaign called Fix My Streets that's exploded in popularity.

Organizers of the grassroots movement invited city leaders to listen in and answer questions about how best to tackle the city's weathered streets.

When it rains, the street in front of Kristin Barnes' home turns into a battlefield. The water is gone, leaving behind a lot of mud. But normally a plank and parking across the street are required to navigate in and out of her Lakeview house.

'We pay incredibly high taxes,' Barnes said. 'Fix our streets. What's it going towards?'

Barnes is joining a host of other frustrated taxpayers by hopping on board the new Fix My Streets campaign. Residents are placing red and white signs with the slogan on front lawns across the city.

One hundreds signs and one man -- that's how the Fix My Streets campaign initially kicked off.

Plenty more people said they were on board Tuesday night.

'I'm from the Central Carrollton Association, so we've had the same problems,' said one resident. 'We've been working on our own and we didn't realize everybody else was working on it, so we're going to join the efforts.'

Another resident said, 'Why can't we begin to sell municipal bonds -- interest rates are at all time low now -- to start fixing our street issues?'

A large crowd showed up Tuesday night to St. Dominic Church's gymnasium in Lakeview. The town hall meeting was organized by the Fix My Streets grassroots movement, which invited city leaders to listen to community concerns and share their thoughts on how best to tackle the bad road headache.

'If this model of citizen engagement works, it will be a blueprint for the rest of this city,' said Councilman Jason Williams.

Fix My Streets is proposing to create its own executive committee to survey street repairs in Lakeview, figure out a price tag and find its own funding sources. One estimate heard Tuesday night claimed the neighborhood alone could cost $500 million to fix the problem.

It's a challenge one Lakeview native who recently returned home says is hard to ignore, especially when a storm rolls in.

'People in this neighborhood are very angry and very upset,' Barnes said.

City leaders and citizens brought up a list of ideas on how to better fund city streets. One included taxing non-profits, including private universities that have received tax breaks over the years.

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