East Chattanooga residents sound off on roads, housing, disregard for predominantly black neighborhoods

City Councilman Anthony Byrd speaks during a "Coffee with a Councilman" meeting at the Carver Youth and Family Development Center on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Chattanoga, Tenn.

I want you to put yourself in our shoes in Avondale.

Horrible roads. High taxes. A severe lack of affordable housing. Speculative real estate purchases left vacant and drawing crime. A seething anger over the historic disregard for African-American neighborhoods by the business and political establishment.

The list of residents' complaints at District 8's "Coffee with a Councilman" was long.

"I want someone who will bite and get our rights fulfilled," said Cynthia Stanley- Cash, president of the North Brainerd Neighborhood Association. "Now we have to train a new person. There are people behind you, watching that seat. People want these seats, and we want minority representation. Good leadership is what we demand."

Still,