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Improving neighborhoods one area at a time

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Groups looking to clean up Peoria's streets met bright and early Friday morning, with the goal of making the city a better place. 

It's a community-wide effort to ultimately reduce crime and enhance community engagement. That's why the Community Development Department and the Neighborhood Services Unit of the Police Department, among others, spent time on the south end of Peoria Friday. 

Assistant Community Development Director Joe Dulin said everyone wants to live in a neighborhood that doesn't have broken glass, garbage and litter. 

The sweep wasn't just about cleaning up trash; it also passed around information on code enforcement.

"If we've never had a problem with the property, we use it as an educational opportunity to explain to them what's going on," said Dulin.

First time offenders were instructed on how to improve, but trouble spots saw fines.

It's an extensive process that involves a lot of people and a lot of giving back. 

"It really shows the citizens that the city does care about its neighborhood and we are looking to find solutions to improve the neighborhood," stated Dublin. 

Other groups helping out included Peoria Public Works, Peoria Animal Control, Bradley Students and the mayor's litter committee.

In total, the groups want to host these community sweeps throughout the year, with a goal of five or six other neighborhoods.

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