Edison community looks to clean up streets, restore pride

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Residents in the Edison neighborhood are trying to clean up the streets and fight back against crime in the area.

After the recent string of violence in the area, the Lightning Kicks Martial Arts Academy teamed up with Kalamazoo Public Safety and the Sons of Malta Motorcycle Club to help clean up the neighborhood.

Many people showed up, bags in hand, ready to improve the image of their streets.

The goal is to restore pride and ownership in the community, and hopefully stop the violence.

"The law abiding citizens are taking their neighborhood back, standing up to the gangs and saying 'this neighborhood is no longer yours. It belongs to us.'" said Joe Weeks, the founder of the Sons of Malta.

Kids from Lightning Kicks--an at-risk martial arts program--also joined residents Thursday, hoping to stop the violence in the neighborhood.