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'Rock the Block' aims to transform Broadway in Rockford

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -

Dozens of Rockford area volunteers make a makeover their mission Saturday in the Midtown District.

Around 70 people participate in Rock the Block around Broadway from 6th to 9th streets.  They cleaned windows, planted trees and flowers and put mulch up around that new greenery.  The project gives residents a more beautiful neighborhood to live in and could help businesses on those three blocks thrive.

"You need people to feel comfortable coming down here, spending time and spending money.  We're hoping that something like today can continue the momentum that all of these beautification projects have started in the downtown area," says organizer Shane Van Sickle.

The next step will be putting in park benches and bike racks.  RPS #205 students came up with designs for those new installations.  Winners should be announced in the coming weeks.

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