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East Garfield Park eyesore gets an overhaul

Drug deals, shootings and backdoor liquor sales. Neighbors along this stretch of West Madison Street say they've seen it all here, and have had enough.

For three years, they've been fighting to give a troublesome liquor store the boot.

Today, they're celebrating a hard fought victory.

Residents have referred to this notoriously rough corner as East Garfield's eyesore.

Community leaders have been working to clean up the area, starting with pressuring an old liquor store to close its doors.

Numerous complaints and police activity around the store prompted 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti to get involved.

In the end, the liquor store owner surrendered his license, clearing the way for a new vision for West Madison Street.

In addition to closing the store, residents worked with the city to secure 23 vacant properties along this street.

They hope to use the space for businesses that center around healthy food and new opportunities for these neighbors.

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