Since the City Council voted against a 2013 budget proposal, east Charlotte is set to lose millions in improvements that residents said are critical for their survival and any hope of future success.
Louise Woods wasn't at Monday night's Council meeting, but she watched the vote on television from her east Charlotte home. That didn't ease the blow.
"I felt deep sadness," Woods said.
The proposed budget would have funneled nearly $92 million in improvements to the East and Southeast corridor, including transforming Bojangles Coliseum into an amateur sports complex, attracting development to Independence Boulevard and streetscaping along Monroe and Idlewild roads.
"For many people, I think we were looking for an indication from the city that we matter," Woods said.
Councilman John Autry represents east Charlotte, and he's feeling extreme frustration that after three months of debate the budget failed.
"I didn't see it coming," Autry said. "I just have to agree with the mayor . I think it all seems very irresponsible."
Even though funding for uptown baseball would be paid through the hotel/motel tax, east Charlotte residents told Eyewitness News that the Council's approval to help fund the Charlotte Knights' stadium added insult to injury.
Residents worry without the take hike and massive improvement projects, east Charlotte will suffer and so will the entire city.
"Look at Detroit and where the city has been neglected. That's when taxes really go up," Woods said.
"I've been to Detroit, and it certainly is a model of what not to do and how to neglect a city's needs," Autry said.
With a budget deadline looming, Woods is writing every Council member, telling them her neighborhood wants attention now.