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Main Street economic renaissance planned for Pacoima
Main Street economic renaissance planned for Pacoima

Lizeth Perez, 33, has lived in Pacoima all her life, but the only businesses she remembers patronizing there are a Jack in the Box and a tattoo shop that's no longer open. She spends her money instead in neighboring Arleta, which boasts a CVS, or Panorama City, where there's a Wal-Mart. Pacoima's main drag, she said, feels too dirty and desolate to make for comfortable shopping. "I don't like the stores here so I don't shop here," she said while dropping off a package at the Pacoima post office. "All of my money goes to buying things outside Pacoima." In this northern San Fernando Valley neighborhood, forgotten by job-providing manufacturers...

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