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Franczyk, volunteers offer Broadway Market a cleanup

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Volunteers sweep outside the Broadway Market as part of a community cleanup and engagement event. Photo by Michael Mroziak.

By Michael Mroziak

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Buffalo – Volunteers from CityCorps, the Fillmore District Impact Team and Common Council President David Franczyk's office were out Friday morning sweeping up around the Broadway Market. This will be just one of several cleanups that Franczyk hopes will bring neighbors who care about this neighborhood together.

"Even though it's kind of hot today, it just gives something back to the community," said Franczyk. "Every Friday in the summer, my office will certainly help in target areas. You can't clean up a district with so many problems but you can help in strategic areas that are critical for the city to put on a good face."

While there are many neighbors who have taken active roles in improving the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood, Franczyk says there are still many people who are just throwing their trash on the streets without care. The problems range from those who dump bulk trash overnight to passersby who toss their garbage on the street. Franczyk says he has personally witnessed the latter.

"Right across the street where Burger King was, I saw the woman open up a side door and just threw all her garbage right down on the curb," said Franczyk. "There was a garbage can right there so I said 'lady, what's the problem?' and she was swearing at me."

Franczyk says in spite of the many problems over the years, he's proud of living in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood and has no intention to move.

You can hear a full interview with Franczyk by clicking on the audio link above.