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Tucson's 12th Avenue, mecca of ethnic stores, due face-lift

Tucson's 12th Avenue, mecca of ethnic stores, due face-lift

Graffiti - a common sign of a blighted neighborhood, covers the sign for Menny's Tire Shop at 4920 S. 12th Ave. Businesspeople and community leaders want to wipe out graffiti and other signs of urban decay on South 12th Avenue.

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Tucson's 12th Avenue, mecca of ethnic stores, due face-lift

Tucson's 12th Avenue, mecca of ethnic stores, due face-lift

Benjamín Galaz, left, owner of BK Carne Asada & Hot Dogs, and Rogelio Dávalos, another businessman, outside the BK eatery, which has helped popularize Sonoran-style hot dogs. It's at 5118 S. 12th Ave.

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Tucson's 12th Avenue, mecca of ethnic stores, due face-lift

Tucson's 12th Avenue, mecca of ethnic stores, due face-lift

A Sun Tran bus glides past a section of badly buckled sidewalk at the southeast corner of 12th Avenue and Virginia Street.

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Tucson's 12th Avenue, mecca of ethnic stores, due face-lift

Tucson's 12th Avenue, mecca of ethnic stores, due face-lift

Graffiti and broken windows mar the front of a closed location of El Guero Canelo restaurant, which has since grown into a small chain of Mexican eateries.

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Tucson's 12th Avenue, mecca of ethnic stores, due face-lift

Tucson's 12th Avenue, mecca of ethnic stores, due face-lift

With its corn-on-the-cob street vendors, sizzling Sonoran hot dog stands, Mexican meat markets and bakeries, 12th Avenue is Tucson's quintessential Latino immigrant business enclave.

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Fourth Ave. merchants want street vendors out

Fourth Ave. merchants want street vendors out

All Dorreen Martinez wants is to keep selling hot dogs along North Fourth Avenue to late-night patrons so she can continue to support her family. But if the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association gets its way, Martinez will be out of job.

July 14, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Fourth Ave. merchants want street vendors out

Fourth Ave. merchants want street vendors out

Dorreen Martinez waits on a customer outside Maloney's Tavern as a pedestrian steps off the sidewalk to go around her cart. Martinez says she has worked along the avenue for 19 years and supports herself and three children with her late-night earnings.

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Fourth Ave. merchants want street vendors out

Fourth Ave. merchants want street vendors out

Eclectic Fourth Avenue has changed over the years, with trees and bike racks now lining the street. This view looks north from Pancho Villa's Grill at Fourth Avenue and Fifth Street.

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