Tough Row To Ho

Can the city's seediest street ever be cleaned up, much less gentrified?

"But with the concentrated effort, instead of the once-a-year media events [of the past], there's been a huge change."

Before, it wasn't unusual to see 50 girls a night along the street, he says. "Now it's not unusual to see only one or two.

"I'm not discouraged by the fact that there's still prostitution," Hesselbrock says. "Whether it's beating you or you are beating it is the issue."

A woman is arrested for soliciting sex on Van Buren.
A woman is arrested for soliciting sex on Van Buren.
Prostitutes are arrested and then processed in a mobile command post off East Van Buren's beaten track.
Prostitutes are arrested and then processed in a mobile command post off East Van Buren's beaten track.

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Photography by Jackie Mercandetti

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And if the cops just keep beating it until the light-rail line is up and running and the area is developed over the next several years, he and McIntosh say, Van Buren could once again become Phoenix's Great White Way.

E-mail susy.buchanan@newtimes.com, or call 602-229-8440.

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