Neighbors transform littered alleyway into 'Art Alley'

Posted at: 05/03/2013 6:34 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

An alley littered with trash and scarred by graffiti is what people living in the Del Norte neighborhood have lived with for years, but now, the neighbors are taking charge; they’re working together and getting something done.

The alley is on Overland Street, just north of Montgomery. People who live there said they’re sick of having to avoid it.

Mary White lives just steps away from the alley way.

“It’s just a little bit scary sometimes,” said White, who has lived in the area for eight years.

People who live nearby used to call it an eyesore.

“When I first moved into the neighborhood and I saw this alley, I walked down to the end of it. That’s the only time I ever walked down to the end,” said Tom Rymsza, who’s lived in the area for more than 10 years.

Neighbors told KOB Eyewitness News 4 the real issue isn’t in plain sight, but instead it’s hidden.

“There’s drug activity going on. There’s alcohol bottles you can see,” White said.

Rymsza and White said they have had enough. After getting a $1,000 grant from Bernalillo County, the alley will be transformed into an 'Art Alley.'

White said she hopes the alleyway will attract people to come and enjoy what this community is all about.

“I hope that others will do that here. Come and enjoy and just see what our community is capable of when we step in and take control of situations,” she said.

The grant is from the county’s Neighborhood Outreach Grant Program, which funds registered neighborhood associations.

People who live nearby will continue to work on the alley Saturday at 9 a.m.