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DALLAS As the city of Dallas continues working on its 'Grow South' initiative, there are some neighbors in parts of Oak Cliff who are complaining.

Those residents say they're concerned code enforcement and blight issues they've been dealing with aren't getting enough attention from city service departments.

'The trees need cutting in the alley ways,' said long-time resident Patricia Cox as she detailed issues in her neighborhood around 10th Street. 'The dogs are running loose.'

Cox was among a group of neighbors with Operation 10th Street, which voices complaints about quality of life issues in their community. They took their concerns to Councilman Dwaine Caraway, who organized a special tour to give some city of Dallas department heads and staff an up close look at some of the neighbors' complaints.

'We can't stop the dumping and we're working hard to try to stop people from dumping their trash,' Cox told a group of code enforcement staff.

The group toured the area to check out the signs of blight, abandoned homes, ragged streets and animal control and code violations residents say they've been complaining about for some time.

The caravan and tour also exposed code issues at a business operating nearby. The group stopped at J.C.'s Tobacco Shop on Cedar Crest. Code enforcement inspectors initially went to the shop to point out sign ordinance violations, Once inside the shop, city staff say they found the business didn't have certificates of occupancy. City leaders were also concerned the store shelves were stocked with packages of synthetic urine.

'I'm hoping that as we take this tour we can identify how we can, as a community and as a city of Dallas working together, how we can clean it up,' said neighbor Patricia Williams, who owns a daycare center in that community.

Caraway and the neighbors said the 10th Street tour was about getting results. Residents say they're optimistic the access to the city's department heads will bring about some positive action.

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