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"Paint the Town" cleans up University Area Community, open-air market to come | Community Spirit

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"Paint the Town" cleans up University Area Community, open-air market to come
"Paint the Town" cleans up University Area Community, open-air market to come

Tampa, FL-- The January "Paint the Town" event for the University Area Community kicked off a year round community transformation where volunteer organizations come together to continue previous projects and start new ones. 

Over 1,000 volunteers took part in the clean up a vacant lot along 22nd Street that was strewn with litter and covered in overgrowth. The clean-up will allow for a new open-air Community Market to take place in the area. 

Clean-up crews also spruced up a neighborhood wall along 143rd Avenue that was covered in overgrowth and had patches of mismatched paint where graffiti and gang tags had been painted over.

In all, volunteers removed branches and overgrowth, gardened, picked up trash and painted designated areas encompassing the 4-square mile University Area Community.

The event launched the University Area Community Development Corporation's 2013 "Make it Happen!" campaign focused on building public and private partnerships with a coalition of agencies, government officials, private citizens, businesses, law enforcement and area residents.

The event was coordinated by the University Area Community Development Corporation, Inc. and sponsored by PNC Bank.

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