LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- One man is single-handedly trying to clean up his Lewiston neighborhood, one piece of trash at a time.
Reverend Doug Taylor has lived on Bates Street for 18 years, but last year he got so tired of trash blowing onto his lawn that he invested in a fence to keep garbage out, and just last week he set up signs with pretty strong wording inviting his neighbors to help him keep the block clean.
Signs that say "low income has absolutely nothing to do with being low-class," or "though we live in the ghetto, we don't have to live in the garbage."
Taylor says he spends a lot of time picking up garbage around his home, he even gets the neighborhood kids to help him by offering them treats in exchange for picking up around the neighborhood.
While a lot of neighbors support the message, not everyone is on board with the signs. Some say the use of "ghetto" is harsh. The city says it's an area they're working on cleaning up, but it will take some time.
In the meantime, Taylor plans to host a neighborhood cleanup on October 5th. He'll offer pizza and snacks to anyone who helps him clean Bates Street from Birch to Maple. He's hoping to spark a weekly clean up from there.