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June 3, 1998 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From mean streets to clean streets, Larry Lieswald has watched Los Angeles' transformation from a perspective few can match. For 33 years he has piloted a street sweeper along a 20-mile downtown route bounded on one side by skid row and on the other by the city's glitzy financial district. When he started scrubbing streets in 1965, the tallest commercial building in town was 13 floors, and street crime consisted mostly of benign winos drinking in public. That didn't last long.
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June 3, 1998 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From mean streets to clean streets, Larry Lieswald has watched Los Angeles' transformation from a perspective few can match. For 33 years he has piloted a street sweeper along a 20-mile downtown route bounded on one side by skid row and on the other by the city's glitzy financial district. When he started scrubbing streets in 1965, the tallest commercial building in town was 13 floors, and street crime consisted mostly of benign winos drinking in public. That didn't last long.
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