DETROIT (WWJ) – A neglected half-mile stretch of Detroit’s Grand River Avenue gets a facelift.

Dozens of Wayne State students worked to clean up the street Saturday. It was part of a larger effort headed up by 25-year-old real estate developer Derek Weaver, who founded the so-called Grand River Creative Corridor.

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“It borders Mid-Town, the Woodbridge community and it borders Corktown and it borders downtown, but this particular area is like a little pocket in Detroit, that has really been devastated,” said Weaver.”What we are looking to do is to bring the whole area together and connect these little pieces.”

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Earlier this year, Weaver commissioned several dozen street artists to paint murals in the area.

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Saturday’s volunteers, mostly Wayne State students, picked up litter and cut down tall weeds and grass.