This past Sunday, more than 25 neighbors showed up to help with a Miracle Mile cleanup event, along Wilshire Blvd. between Curson and La Brea, organized by the Mid City West Community Council’s new Streetscape and Commercial Committee. According to MCWCC board member Thao Tran, the group started at the Wilshire Green Park (on 8th St., behind the Wilshire Courtyard development), and each volunteer was given a reusable shopping bag provided by the Original Farmers Market and Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce. Each back containing supplies provided by MCWCC, including a cleanup map, and compostable trash bags and gloves…along with hats and water bottles from the Academy Museum, and hand sanitizer from Caruso/The Grove.
Along the cleanup route, the workers were also greeted at “Appreciation Stations,” hosted by local businesses, where they could use restrooms and fill their water bottles. Stations hosted by Eleven City Diner and Milk Jar Cookies also provided “sweet care package nibbles.”
In addition to the volunteers, the group was accompanied by LAPD Senior Lead Officer Perry Jones and Sgt. Kenneth Price, CERT team representatives, and advocates from the Saban Community Clinic, who handed out hygiene care packages to homeless neighbors. Also, former CD4 City Council Member Tom La Bonge acknowledged the volunteers when he saw the group at work on his way to lunch in the area.
According to Tran, this was the first area trash cleanup organzied by the current board of the MCWCC, and “we hope to create more opportunities like this that will help strengthen the relationships between our various stakeholders.”
“We were thrilled to see so many enthusiastic nearby residents come out and risk the rain in order to give back, all while socializing with other community members and exchange ideas,” Tran told the Buzz. Also, she said, “we were extremely lucky the rain waited until we were completed by noon.”