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Volunteers Cleaning Up DTLA's Historic Broadway Core Today

The Palace Theatre on Broadway in Downtown (Photo by PhotoJenInc via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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This morning about 100 volunteers and city workers are taking part in a 4-hour community clean-up on Broadway between 2nd Street and Olympic Blvd. The effort is backed by Councilman Jose Huizar as part of his Bringing Back Broadway initiative, which focuses on revitalizing Downtown's Historic Broadway Core.

As part of the ongoing aim to restore the grandeur of the neighborhood, with its historic buildings and majestic movie houses, the volunteers today are putting in some serious elbow grease time to get rid of graffiti, gum, and stickers; removing debris from sidewalks, streets, and alleys; and painting planters and putting in new plants.

The goal is to fully revitalize the area, which includes getting a streetcar back in operation in the area by 2014.