‘Business Watch’ meeting aims to boost safety on 23rd Street

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'Business Watch' meeting on Aug. 7 aims to boost safety on 23rd St.
An image from the annual Cinco de Mayo festival on 23rd Street that attracts tens of thousands of revelers annually.

While the 2017 National Night Out celebrations came and went on Tuesday, an effort to encourage residents, merchants and law enforcement officials to band together in order to make communities safer is ongoing on 23rd Street in Richmond.

On Monday, Aug. 7, merchants and residents of the 23rd Street business corridor are encouraged to attend a Business Watch meeting at Portumex Restaurant, 721 23rd St.

Running from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the meeting allows local merchants and residents to work with police and other partners to address concerns along the corridor.

The Business Watch meeting is sponsored by Urban Transformation and the Richmond Police Department crime prevention unit.

Urban Transformation is the organization that has been leading efforts to revitalize 23rd Street in Richmond to the San Pablo border, along with Macdonald Avenue between 21st and 27th streets. To

The group galvanizes community members such as merchants, residents, civic leaders, students, educators, bankers, real estate agents and associations to take an interest in transforming their neighborhoods. For updates and more information about its plans for 23rd Street, visit 23rdstreetrichmond.com.

Urban Transformation was behind the inaugural Trick or Treat event along 23rd Street that brought hundreds of kids and their families to local businesses during Halloween last year.

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