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If you pass through the High Point Terrace neighborhood, you will see a lot of repair work. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) If you pass through the High Point Terrace neighborhood, you will see a lot of repair work. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton is pushing the "Taking To the Streets" campaign against potholes, but people in one neighborhood are wondering if the city is wasting taxpayer dollars.

If you pass through the High Point Terrace neighborhood, you will see a lot of repair work.

"Ever since they started working on whatever they started doing here, there seems to be more showing up on the street, especially on High Point," says High Point Terrace resident Mary Bowman.

Bowman lives down the street from a sinkhole at the corner of High Point Terrace and Johnwood Drive, but says it's only part of the problem.

The holes seem rather small, and even have barricades over them. However, when you look inside, you see it's several feet deep and several feet wide. Neighbors are concerned that it might only continue to spread.

And it's not a new problem for the area. Back in April, a metal slate was put over a sinkhole until the problem could be fixed. A few days later, it was covered.

"They sent a crew of three or four guys, spent a day and a half out here. Dug up the entire street, put some big contraption in there, filled it but put gravel on it first," said High Point Terrace resident James Wilkerson.

He says a week later, it sunk again. Crews came back out, patched it, and left.

Now, Wilkerson says another spot is starting to sink in the same spot.

"You need to fix the problem, don't just throw money at it. If you're going to throw money at it, it's not going to solve the issue."

WMC Action News 5's Lauren Squires contacted public works about both of the problem spots in the High Point Terrace neighborhood, specifically asking about the site that neighbors say has been patched multiple times. A spokesperson responded, saying they are investigating the issue.

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