As many as 700 people turned out in Lakeview Tuesday night to voice complaints about the conditions of city streets and to find out what is being done to repair them.

The town hall meeting in the gym of St. Dominic's school was organized by the grasssroots group, Fix My Streets Nola.

While Mayor Landrieu did not attend, his administation was represented by Deputy Mayor Cedric Grant who said the main obstacle to speedy repairs is funding.

Grant estimated $9 billion is needed to repair all of the city's streets and damaged infrastructure.

"It's not an easy thing to take on, because quite honestly, the cost continues to grow," Grant told those attending the meeting.

A new member of the City Council, Jason Williams, said the city has under-funded street repairs for at least two administrations and added, "now is the time to get started."

The group's next step will be to collect information from residents citywide on which streets deserve priority attention.

One woman attending the meeting told FOX 8, "I feel very encouraged that they're willing to work with us and that we've been heard a little bit."