Historic Flint Village business district struggling to survive
Some small neighborhood businesses in Fall River,hit especially hard from sky–high unemployment, are taking matters into their own hands. ABC6 went to Flint Village,where some stores owners are struggling to revitalize their community all on their own.
Nelly Silva has owned Nelly's clothing on Pleasant street in Fall River for almost thirty–four years.The one-time prosperous Flint business district used to have an overflow of shoppers,she used to have three employees at her store daily,now she's mans the store by herself she says, the reasons for the downturn are simple.She says,"with the economy people started closing their businesses, losing their shops"."there are no jobs in the city, people aren't shopping because they aren't working" another business owner I talked to, has taken a pro–active approach to the re–vitalization of Flint Village.Connie Costa has owned Gilbert's jewelers for over thirty years,she's taking on the blighted buildings, one at a time.She tells ABC6,"we just purchased the building next door to us, not because I needed it, but it was a building rented to drug dealers and prostitution"
Mayor Will Flanagan says his administration has made revitalization a top priority, by improving parking on Pleasant street, removing graffiti and litter, fighting to keep the Neighborhood's Post office open and starting police walking beats.