The changing face of Figueroa

first_imgThe Figueroa Corridor is made up of the area surrounding campus. Kelvin Kuo | Daily Trojan It’s hard not to miss the turquoise-clad officers riding bikes along Figueroa Street, or the signs promoting the Figueroa Corridor that dot lampposts around USC. But the Figueroa Corridor Partnership does a lot more for the community than students might realize. Established in 1998, the partnership — which includes the area between the Santa Monica (10) Freeway and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and Flower Street and Vermont Avenue — aims to stimulate economic growth and make the Corridor attractive to businesses.According to Steve Gibson, executive director of the partnership, the goal of the non-profit group is to promote a positive environment for businesses and customers.“We want to provide clean and safe services, which are the basics for providing an enjoyable Corridor,” Gibson said.The partnership was started by former USC President Steven B. Sample and Darryl Holter, current chair of the partnership’s Board of Directors and the CEO of the Shammas Group, a business made up of several properties based south of Downtown. Both men were troubled by the Corridor’s conditions in 1998 — and understandably so.“The local Chevrolet dealer was told by General Motors to relocate to a better neighborhood, area museums saw attendance drop significantly [and] the University of Southern California had trouble recruiting students,” the partnership’s website reads.After the partnership formed, things turned around.The Corridor has attracted more than $2.2 billion in investments since the partnership’s inception, much of which has come in the form of new housing complexes and businesses, as well as a multi-million-dollar restoration of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum completed in 2003.“We have built new housing complexes such as University Gateway in order to stop profit-driven landowners from converting working-class properties into insufficient student housing,” Holter said.The increase in investments has also had a positive effect on property owners, said Margret Farnum, retired chief administrative officer of the Coliseum Commission.“Property owners have taken more pride in their buildings and have upgraded them, creating a new sense of life in the area,” Farnum said.Small businesses such as the Vagabond Inn have also profited from the partnership, according to Charles Valentino, the inn’s director of operations.“With the removal of graffiti and cleanliness of the sidewalks, you can now tell when you go in and out of the Corridor,” Valentino said.Also monitoring the Corridor’s streets are safety ambassadors, who patrol the area on bikes.David Roberts, USC’s associate director of local government relations, said these ambassadors have worked tirelessly to make the Corridor a crime-free area.“[They] are watchful eyes on the streets,” he said.Even business owners operating outside the boundaries of the Corridor said they appreciated having that extra set of eyes.“The bike control is a great calming influence on the Figueroa area,” said Patsy Carter, proprietor of The Inn at 657 located just outside the Corridor at 657 W. 23rd St.But the partnership hasn’t just been good for businesses. USC continues to be an integral part of the partnership and has benefitted greatly from the improved Corridor, Roberts said.“The partnership has changed the perspective of folks visiting USC and Exposition Boulevard and improved the quality of life in the Corridor and the surrounding neighborhoods,” he said.The partnership has an annual budget of approximately $1 million. Members pay extra taxes based on their assessed property value, which is returned to the partnership from the government — extra money they say is well spent.“In my 42 years working for the Coliseum, I have never felt so safe walking around the Corridor,” Farnum said. “It feels almost like home.”last_img read more

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Eguakun Seals Maximum Points for Rivers Utd Â

first_imgBy Fred Edoreh in Port Harcourt With scores at 1-1 at regulation time with three minutes spent out of four minutes added time and FC IfeanyiUbah looking to steal away with a point from Port Harcourt, Efosa Eguakun brought out the long knife, masterminding a last minute attack from midfield and following up to deliver a clinical finish to give Rivers United a 2-1 win and maximum points.The first goal of the Match-day 24 of the Nigeria Professional Football League  (NPFL) came for Rivers United via a penalty in the 60th after Stephen Eze handled the ball in the box and Ayo Saka fired hard to leave Bamba Drissa no chance to save.IfeanyiUbah however levelled up also through penalty while Prince Aggreh who came on for Godwin Obaje in the second half slotted in perfectly.IfeanyiUbah had a great chance to increase their tally when Rivers keeper Akande Abiodun rushed as far as to the half way to stop a counter with all his defenders across the divide but the Nnewi boys failed to take their chance in the ensuing throw in.The winner by Eguakun who came in the final quarter to replace Lukman Mohammed, was a huge relief for the Rivers fans and officials who were apprehensive of dropping points at home after loses in two successive games after their last continental outing.With the victory, coach Stanley Eguma believes his team showed great character in fighting till the end and the win will boost the confidence of the players ahead of the coming games and back into their continental campaign.Interestingly, it was Eguakun’s first game in a very long time and only second in the season.Eguma explained that the player is easily the best and most experienced in his team but that he had kept him out for long because he was battling with fitness and also fell ill on his return.Elsewhere on the evening, Niger Tornadoes goalkeeper Mustapha Aliko bemoaned the three goals he conceded against top-flight side Wikki Tourists.The Ikon Allah Boys were beaten 1-3 by the Bauchi Elephants in Sunday’s NPFL Match-day 24 clash at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium (ATBS) in Bauchi.Goals off the foot of the trio of Chinedu Onyelonu, Victor Alegbe and Ahmed Usman were enough to hand the Bauchi landlords the three points at stake while Andrew Ikefe scored the consolation for the Minna outfit.Aliko said his side may have paid the costly prize for underrating their hosts based on the performance in Lokoja.“I think we truly underrated Wikki Tourists and erroneously thought they would be pushovers based on their performance in the first-fixture clash in Lokoja.“We beat them 2-0 in Lokaja after two successive draws and that encounter was our easiest match in the first term.“However, they shocked us in today’s (Sunday) clash with an improved performance that left us really stunned.“Wikki Tourists were brilliant and perfect in the first half though we rose to challenge them greatly in the second half. “It’s a bad result but we will quickly go back to plan ahead on how to reclaim the points in the next match against champions Enugu Rangers,” said the Niger Tornadoes captain and shot stopper to supersport.com.The loss at Wikki Tourists leaves Tornadoes’ total earnings at 36 points from possible 72 in the 24-week-old top-flight.NPFL(Match-day 24)Plateau Utd 5-1 GombeRemo 1-0 NasarawaMFM FC 1-0 ShootingRangers 1-0 Akwa UtdRivers Utd 2-1 IfeanyiUbahKatsina Utd 3-0 El KanemiWikki 3-1 TornadoesK’Pillars 3-1 SunshineABS FC 1-0 LobiEnyimba 2-1 Abia Warriors AFCON 2019(Qualifiers)Ghana 5-0 EthiopiaZimbabwe 3-0 LiberiaBenin 1-0 GambiaCape Verde 0-1 UgandaC’Afr Rep. 2-1 Rwanda UNDER-20 WORLD CUP(Final)England 1-0 Venezuela Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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BiH Juniors in Semi-finals of the European Championship against Slovenia

first_imgThe junior basketball national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the semi fans of the European Championship will play against the national team of Slovenia.The junior basketball national team of Lithuania last night defeated the Greek team with a result of 81:61 in the last round of the group phase of the European Championship and, therefore, are now in the first place of group C.Since our national team is second place in its group, it will play against the third-placed Slovenian team from group C.The game between BiH and Slovenia will be placed on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Bratislava.(Source: Klix.ba)last_img

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