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Property Standards sweep Shreveport streets to wipe out blight

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Shreveport Property Standards Inspectors look for code violations during Operation T-Bone Shreveport Property Standards Inspectors look for code violations during Operation T-Bone
SHREVEPORT, La. -

RESIDENT: The only way I can get my car out of the backyard, I've got to get the engine to get it moved!!

PROPERTY STANDARDS INSPECTOR: Yes, ma'am. All I'm doing is I'm stickering the vehicle. You'll have ten days to get it moved or repair it.

RESIDENT: Look, look!! Listen to me!!

You might call it a hazard of the job.

RESIDENT: You don't care!

INSPECTOR: That's not true, ma'am.

RESIDENT: Yes it is! You don't care!

Or you might say it's all in a day's work.

Property Standards Inspector Rod Range is sweeping through Shreveport streets as part of Operation T-Bone in search of blight and code violations.

At one home, Range marked two inoperable vehicles and the homeowner wasn't too happy about it.

INSPECTOR: Hear me out, Ms. Jackie.

RESIDENT: You don't hear nobody out! I'm trying to tell you what's going on!!

Range says though some residents don't like to seem him coming, others are grateful for the help.

"They have basically taken a whole new attitude about just keeping things squared away and we see it everyday."

T-Bone links Property Standards teams, law enforcement, and neighborhood associations in a crime-fighting, quality of life improvement endeavor.

Much of what he does involves documenting blight on empty lots like this one.

"There's a better way to do your business with respect to your property. You don't just have to just let it go and think that we're just the bad guys."

That doesn't stop residents from meeting him at the door and speaking their minds...

"I've been working to get that fixed since you first came out here 9 months ago!!"

Part of the sweep included enforcing a city ordinance that prohibits basketball goals from being in the right-of-way.

In fact, 23 addresses were targeted today as possible violations of this ordinance.

Range says that's for the safety of those playing basketball, as well as for motorists.

Operation T-Bone is an on-going effort by the City of Shreveport.

Today's team covered an area bounded by Terry Bradshaw Passway to Hollywood Avenue, and I-49 to Mansfield Rd.

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