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Business Owners Say Parts of Old Route 66 Are Neglected

Elise Preston
NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO---This weekend, residents of the Inn of Amarillo must leave the building and the owner has to start working on getting the inn within city codes. The city says the motel is infested with sewage and vermin.  Surrounding business owners say, other parts of the Old Route 66 are in need of repairs just like the Inn of Amarillo.

Route 66 is one of the top five draws in the Panhandle.  Each year thousands of tourists from all over, drive through Amarillo to experience history. Some business owners tell that us piece of history is now cluttered with neglected buildings and crime.

"When they come down, and they jump on Amarillo Boulevard at the beginning of Route 66 in Amarillo, this is what they initially see.  I don't think this is a true representation of what the City of Amarillo is like." Said Bob Fields, owner of Beans-N-Things.

Chamber of Commerce officials tell NewsChannel 10, They don't think the rundown sections of the decommissioned highway leave a bad impression of the city.

"What they really see is the heyday of Route 66,  and that's what they are thinking of. I don't think it leaves a negative impression, because they are on the route to experience what it may have been like."

Chamber officials also say, it is up to the individual property owners to take care of their sections of Route 66.

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