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.
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.
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.