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Crime Along Hollywood Boulevard Begins to Scare Away Visitors

Excerpt from New York Times

Jul 23, 2013 12:23 pm

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Hollywood Boulevard has always aspired to a revival and sanitation along the lines of New York’s Times Square, but it hasnt happened and high-profile crimes highlight this.

— Jason Clampet

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Hollywood Boulevard is the West Coast equivalent of Times Square, an urban reclamation project that transformed a strip once notorious for crime, drug-dealing and prostitution into a tourist destination, a thriving night life district and the home of movie premieres and the Academy Awards.

But over the past month, two high-profile crimes — a fatal stabbing of a tourist by a homeless person and a robbery spree by a gang that bounded past people gawking at the Walk of Fame — have threatened this carefully cultivated and civically critical reinvention, worrying community leaders and presenting an early challenge to this city’s new mayor, Eric Garcetti.

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