The sign on A& R Furniture's front door lets passersby know its open for business, but the lots next door and across the street tell a very different story.
"I was shocked, surprised whatever you want to say when Taco Bell just closed down," business owner Abraham Abu Aziza said.
Abu Aziza says he opened his store on Eisenhower Parkway and has been neighbors with blight ever since.
"If somebody would be responsible just to clean this part here just make Eisenhower look a lot better than what it is. I wish somebody would be responsible for that just to keep Eisenhower as clean as they can because it really does make a difference," he said.
That's exactly why Macon-Bibb commissioners approved a community improvement district.
Commissioner Al Tillman says, "I think it's necessary because you want to have the same thing in your area that other parts of town."