Thursday night in Charlottesville, city councilors sat down to hear from people in the Tonsler Park neighborhood.
Like last year, the city is holding town hall meetings across the area, and Thursday night's was the first of 2013.
People from the Fifeville and Starr Hill neighborhoods were able to voice some major concerns they have about the area. The town hall meeting generated a crowd of about 50 people, eager to get through to city councilors.
For some, parking, speed and traffic issues were at the top of their list. Others want to see more diversity in community leadership positions.
Those in attendance say these meetings are a step in the right direction.
"We're all in this city together and I think it will just be a better place if they continue to do the town meetings, hear neighborhood by neighborhood and hear the citizens' concerns because a lot of people cannot make it to city council meetings," said Samuel Henderson, a resident of the Fifeville neighborhood.
City Council says these meetings are the best because they are informal and allow for discussion.
There will be meetings across the city in the coming months to cover all 19 neighborhoods.