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Girl Scout makes L.A. neighborhood safer after pushing to get lighted crosswalk installed

A Los Angeles neighborhood is now more pedestrian-friendly, due to the efforts of Girl Scout Gwendolyn Rudd.

It took two years, but after pushing her neighborhood council in Jefferson Park to work with City Hall, a lighted crosswalk was installed in a busy section of Jefferson Boulevard and Third Avenue. Rudd told ABC 7 when she was younger, she was "really scared" to cross there, and her mother used to have to dart out and stop traffic. Now, a new generation of kids won't have to have the same concerns.

"One of our core responsibilities at the school is the child's safety," Elizabeth Garcia, an employer at a neighborhood day care, told ABC 7. "And this is a major part of their safety while they play. So we are extremely happy and grateful to witness this."