LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a statement against violence and crime on Louisville's west side. And it involves brooms and dust pans.

With bags in hand, volunteers took to the streets in the Russell neighborhood to cleanup the area Saturday.

Louisville Metro Government is working with Russell residents to help beautify the neighborhood and its side streets.

So far, nearly 10 miles of alleys have been cleaned.

Volunteers say this is not only for residents who live in the area, but for visitors as well.

"Our city is actually growing so when we have people come in we want them to see how we take take care of home.  We want them to see a clean city and we want to live in a clean city," said volunteer Jermaine Burks. 

The cleanup was sponsored in part by Mayor Greg Fischer and the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods.

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