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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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