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News - January 20, 2012

Around the block

SMOKIN' ... At Wednesday evening's meeting in Downtown North to consider renovations to Cogswell Plaza on Lytton Avenue, city officials got a first-hand look at the partying in the park that has made it a less-than-welcome spot for community gathering. Boom boxes blared as a party took place in a darkened corner behind shrubbery and a cloud of marijuana smoke rolled over the adjacent sidewalk. Inside Avenidas, where officials and residents met, city landscape architect Peter Jensen and Daren Anderson, division manager of open space and parks, told residents the park plan would include doubling wattage on light poles, clearing out tall shrubbery and adding lighting under trees to make the park more visible to patrolling police cars. New benches, tables and game boards are planned to make the space more community-friendly, they said. Renovations are expected to begin in spring and would be completed in summer.

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