Hundreds turn out to clean up Benton Harbor


benton Harbor, Mich. About 200 people came out to clean up Benton Harbor, and not for a PGA event or a festival. The community came together to tidy up for the residents themselves.

"Right before big events they go through all this work to get things looking nice," said Bryan Tutton, president of the Benton Harbor Downtown Development Authority. "If there's no event for a long time it just keeps going down and starts looking rough. It's not what we'd like it to be because there are a lot of good things happening here."

The effort started with a few employees from Chemical Bank and quickly turned into an army of hundreds who wanted to be included in the plans.

Bryan Joseph, Marketing Director for Michigan Pizza Hut and former Benton Harbor City Commissioner says it's all about coming together.

"Now we've got the horse power I believe to sustain the city to look nice all the time," Joseph said. "It's a work in progress but I think we have people talking and thinking about it where people are coming to the meetings and they want to get involved and they want to help."

Volunteers mowed, blowed, raked and weeded the area -- picking up a whole lot of trash along the way. The city loaned out a couple of dump trucks and Harbor Shores donated golf carts for the clean-up organizers.

"There are a lot of good things happening in Benton Harbor and people really need to see that people are not going to stop if they see trash on the streets," Tutton said. "That's the simplest way to make people stop."


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