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"Action central was Williams Avenue, an entertainment strip lined with hot spots where you could find jazz twenty-four hours a day… You could stand in the middle of the Avenue (where the Blazers play basketball today) and look up Williams past the chili parlors, past the barbecue joints, the beauty salons, all the way to Broadway, and see hundreds of people dressed up as if they were going to a fashion show. It could be four in the morning. It didn’t matter; this was one of those 'streets that never slept.'"

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