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Merchants join forces to spruce up Albany Street

The Hamilton Hill Neighborhood Association held a press conference across from the corner of Albany and Paige Streets on Thursday, to announce an initiative to clean up a main thoroughfare in the neighborhood.
The original Hamilton Hill Neighborhood Association has been working for months on efforts to clean up the neighborhood. The group decided to focus on a specific area in order to make an impact and chose Albany Street, a mixed use residential and business corridor that is immediately adjacent to downtown.
Through a walking survey of Albany Street, neighborhood association members observed that the street, lots and alleys were littered with trash and debris including several businesses. Here pro active co-owner of Newest Lunch, Dean Plakas speaks about the the litter problems in the neighborhood with Charles Burch, and Marva Isaacs of the Hamilton Hill Neighborhood Association.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
The Hamilton Hill Neighborhood Association held a press conference across from the corner of Albany and Paige Streets on Thursday, to announce an initiative to clean up a main thoroughfare in the neighborhood. The original Hamilton Hill Neighborhood Association has been working for months on efforts to clean up the neighborhood. The group decided to focus on a specific area in order to make an impact and chose Albany Street, a mixed use residential and business corridor that is immediately adjacent to downtown. Through a walking survey of Albany Street, neighborhood association members observed that the street, lots and alleys were littered with trash and debris including several businesses. Here pro active co-owner of Newest Lunch, Dean Plakas speaks about the the litter problems in the neighborhood with Charles Burch, and Marva Isaacs of the Hamilton Hill Neighborhood Association.
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For decades, Charles Burch was alone in picking up litter outside his business on Albany Street. His plumbing business’ fence collects litter, blown there by the wind, and sometimes it seemed there was no end in sight. “I clean up every day, sometimes three times a day,” he said. He would watch pedestrians toss bags and bottles on the ground as they walked by. Occasionally he would confront them. They would curse him and walk ...


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