DETROIT — Boxing great Thomas "Hitman" Hearns has joined an effort to fight blight in the Detroit neighborhood where he grew up.
Hearns took part Wednesday in an effort to clean up a section of Helen Street near East Grand Boulevard on the city's east side.
The campaign involves people picking up trash, remove brush and paint over graffiti.
A number of others have helped put together the cleanup along with Repair the World Detroit, a Jewish volunteer organization.
The city of Detroit has worked for years to deal with blight, including vacant homes and buildings, and thousands of structures have been razed.