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Some residents in Princeton can't be found on maps


One alleyway in Princeton doesn't appear on any maps, despite being only a couple of blocks from City Hall. WVVA's James McDowell met with a resident who... for now... lives off the grid.

Since I've never been to the home of Princeton resident Mark Thomas, I figured I'll use an app on my phone to get directions to his house. "Kephart Alley". (pause) No results?!?
Though Kephart Alley runs parallel to South Walker Street, it doesn't appear on any maps. These neighbors have been dealing with it for years. Thomas says, "In 2013, I had to call 9-1-1. And... they couldn't find me. They called us back, and we had to give them directions (on) how to get here."
Thomas says it has a huge impact... even on simple things, like pizza delivery. "I can look out my window from upstairs, and I can see Papa John's. And an hour later, they still can't find us." 
At the last city council meeting, Thomas explained the dilemma... today City Manager Ken Clay told me Princeton is now taking action. "And the police department is currently working, on getting that corrected."
Kephart Alley should appear on emergency response grids in the near future.

Ken Clay says the city is also surveying Kephart Alley for possible paving sometime this summer.

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