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Thomas Hearns joins effort to fight Detroit blight

Boxing great Thomas Hearns joins effort to fight blight in his former Detroit neighborhood
Posted on July 9, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 9, 2014 at 6:56 p.m.

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

Hearns took part Wednesday in an effort to clean up a section of Helen Street near East Grand Boulevard on the city’s east side.

The campaign involves people picking up trash, remove brush and paint over graffiti.

A number of others have helped 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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