Some chafe at downtown L.A.’s business improvement districts (LA Times)

December 14, 2012 – At the start of each morning, a private army of workers descends on downtown Los Angeles in bright-colored shirts, providing security, collecting trash, scrubbing graffiti, power-washing sidewalks and otherwise keeping downtown presentable. The crews work for downtown’s network of business improvement districts and have become familiar parts of the area’s fabric. Many in downtown credit the business improvement districts, or BIDs, with helping turn around the once-desolate downtown, providing the kind of aggressive maintenance and security services that City Hall simply cannot afford and helping to market the area to new investors.

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