IN PICTURES/VIDEO: A quiet Downtown rebuilds with cleanups and art

Organized cleanups in Downtown and North Long Beach began Monday morning, with businesses hurting from the aftermath of Sunday’s largely peaceful protest that was followed by several groups breaking off to loot and vandalize shops and structures, Sunday night.

Throughout Monday, Downtown was busy with volunteer cleanup crews, brooms and dustpans in hand, in what seemed a constant search for things to pick up or clean. In fact, despite most crews acting completely on their own, they were so efficient in their efforts that by early afternoon, most were looking for things to do.

On Tuesday, others found their way of helping/cleaning up. Artist Whosvlad said painting murals on boarded-up businesses was his way of rebuilding. Several responded to his and other artists’ posts on social media and came out to continue to help, and add their own messages of community support.

Artist couple Anna and Kenny McBride, who began painting over vandalism on Monday, continued their pursuit to cover hateful messages or useless tags in an effort to give business owners a little help along the path toward reopening.

After night of chaos, Long Beach begins to clean up

Downtown Long Beach is quiet days following the protest. Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Photo by Asia Morris.

A DLBA Clean & Safe team member sucks trash out of the gutters in Downtown Long Beach. Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Photo by Asia Morris.

Pharmacy Boardshop, Downtown Long Beach. Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Photo by Asia Morris.

A DLBA Clean & Safe team worker pressure washes the sidewalks near Pine Avenue and Ocean Boulevard. Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Photo by Asia Morris.

Collin Gully (left) and Gabriel Varela met each other for the first time walking around Downtown Long Beach with brooms in their hands looking to help with any remaining clean up. Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Photo by Asia Morris.

Artist Oni adds to a collaborative mural on the boards of closed businesses on Pine Avenue. Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Photo by Asia Morris.

Artists paint messages of hope on the boards outside of businesses in Downtown Long Beach. Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Photo by Asia Morris.

A sign hangs from a balcony on Pine Avenue. Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Photo by Asia Morris.

Artists Anna McBride and Kenny McBride paint over remaining graffiti on a business in Downtown. Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Photo by Asia Morris.

Artists Anna McBride and Kenny McBride paint over remaining graffiti on a business in Downtown. Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Photo by Asia Morris.

Jean Machine in Downtown Long Beach. Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Photo by Asia Morris.

Artist Whosvlad continues his mural from Monday on one of the boarded up businesses on Pine Avenue. Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Photo by Asia Morris.

A person sleeps in the doorway of Portuguese Bend Distilling in Downtown Long Beach. Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Photo by Asia Morris.

Building maintenance engineer Alex Romero paints over some remaining vandalism. Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Photo by Asia Morris.

Building maintenance engineer Alex Romero paints over some remaining vandalism. Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Photo by Asia Morris.

A sign taped at 7/11 on Pine Avenue in Downtown Long Beach. Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Photo by Asia Morris.

Members of the National Guard in the Renaissance Hotel parking lot. Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Photo by Asia Morris.

The Loop in Downtown Long Beach. Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Photo by Asia Morris.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.
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