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Work has begun on La Marketa, the Latin-themed international plaza on North Clinton Avenue near Clifford Avenue. Neighbors like Wladimir Torres are cautiously optimistic about the project’s potential. 

The 29-year-old Torres has lived around North Clinton Avenue all his life. He called the idea of La Marketa “beautiful” and “what kids need.” He said investments in the area could make a difference, but money alone can’t improve the neighborhood. Torres said more police presence is needed to make it a success. If not, Torres warned that things could get started on the wrong foot.

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One of Rochester’s long-discussed projects took a big step forward Thursday. 

Officials and neighbors broke ground on La Marketa, a project whose origins go back to neighborhood brainstorming meetings in the late 1970s. The open-air marketplace is expected to house retail, green space and events on what’s now an empty lot on North Clinton Avenue near St. Michael’s Church. 

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said it would not have happened without the persistence of supporters.