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Leaders in Manhattan broke ground last Friday on what will soon be a place for residents and visitors to gather for Farmers’ markets and community events.
The Plaza de Las Americas will not only bring water and electricity to local vendors for the first time, but according to a StreetsblogNYC post, it will also serve to beautify the predominantly Dominican neighborhood of Washington Heights with trees, lighting, benches, tables, chairs, and a fountain.
Another added benefit to this project is that it may help improve traffic safety conditions. StreetsblogNYC reports that at least six pedestrians and bicyclists have been injured on Broadway road where the new plaza is set to be built.
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Learn more about Latino kids and the lack of safe places for activity by visiting Salud America!‘s Growing Healthy Change Active Spaces resources here.