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Downtown Business Improvement District Shrinks

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Yakima's City Council is shrinking the size of the Downtown Business Improvement District.

The district takes money from local businesses and uses it to beautify Yakima, paying for crews to hang flowerpots and clean up trash.

Most of the improvements were focused in the core downtown area near Yakima Avenue and businesses in the outer areas didn't see much of a return on their investment.

"We concentrate on the core of the downtown. Until we can do a bit better job there, we won't have to worry about expanding, and so it will allow us to stay more focused," says Yakima City Manager Tony O'Rourke.

O'Rourke says despite losing 50 percent of the improvement district their revenues will only drop by 30 percent because the core area has more businesses.

The council also approved some other improvements including the closure of a section of 4th Street to create a new public area for events.