- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Boxing great Thomas “Hitman” Hearns is planning an effort to fight blight in the Detroit neighborhood where he grew up.

The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/1nOJxYf ) Hearns is involved in a July 9 effort to clean up a section of Helen Street near East Grand Boulevard on the city’s east side. He says that when he drives down the street he doesn’t see “the neighborhood that once made me a world champion.”

Plans call for people to pick up trash, remove brush and paint over graffiti.

A number of others are helping put together the cleanup along with Repair the World Detroit, a Jewish volunteer organization.


The city of Detroit has worked for years to deal with blight, including vacant homes and buildings, and thousands of structures have been razed.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/