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Downtown Yakima Starting to Get More Color

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Colorful, new flower baskets are going up around Downtown Yakima this week.

Monday, workers started hanging more than 300 baskets along Yakima Avenue and some of the surrounding streets.

It's a yearly task, that this time cost the city around $42,000.
 
But, officials say that's not taxpayer money. It's actually funds that come directly from downtown businesses.

They say the extra color downtown attracts tourists and even potential businesses to the area.

"When you come down the avenue, if you're staying in one of our hotels, walking to a restaurant, or stopping in one of our wineries, you realize you're entering a special place," said Sean Hawkins, Yakima's economic development manager.

Hawkins says the $42,000 also goes toward paying for about 200 flower planters around downtown.

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