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Monrovia Area Partnership Celebrates Tenth Birthday

Monrovia Area Partnership is celebrating turning 10 this year with a Block Party and Movie Night on Saturday, July 9 at 6 p.m. in Julian Fisher Park.

MAP began in 2006 with city staff partnering with residents, businesses and local service organizations to build community by decreasing crime, blight, and resident apathy through civic engagement. The MAP kick-off was focused on MAP Area #1 where (at the time) there was a significant increase in crime, blight and apathy. In an effort to assess resident needs and gain trust, block parties, called "Hot Dogs, Hot Links and Hot Topics," were held in this neighborhood. The meetings allowed residents to safely and comfortably meet and get to know city staff and to interact with their neighbors again. Feedback from those block parties helped to form the MAP program into the citywide program and philosophy we have today of "Partnering Together for a Better Monrovia."

Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

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