A Kansas City city council voted Monday to put a wall around a neighborhood in one of the most violent areas of the city.
The city council, in a unanimous vote, passed a resolution that would put up the wall in front of the home of James White, who lives in the area, about 50 yards from the Wall Street-style Wall.
White said he lives in a residential neighborhood with no issues.
“They have nothing to do with us.
We have a nice neighborhood.
They just don’t care,” he said.
The council voted 6-1 to approve a resolution to erect a wall along the neighborhood.
The wall will be about 8 feet tall and 3 feet wide, and will be painted white with a blue light.
The walls will be placed at the top of streets where the Wall is located.
The city will have to provide utilities for the wall.
“The wall is going to be for the safety of the community,” Councilman Chris Stearns said.
Councilman Tom King said he voted in favor of the resolution.
He said the wall will help make the area safer.
“It will protect people who live there.
It’s going to keep them from getting shot,” he told CBS News affiliate KMBC.
King also said he would like to see a police presence at the neighborhood so people who have been there long enough will feel safer.
Mayor Joe Hogsett said in a statement that the council was working with local police to determine the best way to proceed.
“As we work to make this community safer, I hope the citizens of the City of Kansans will continue to take the time to talk to us about this important matter,” he wrote.
The Wall has become a focal point for gun violence in Kansas City.
In September, four people were killed and 17 were wounded in a shooting that occurred near the Wall.