Locals Battle About Remaking Key West's Image Duval Street in Key West is famous for its open-air bars, strip clubs and raunchy T-shirt shops. As the city has gone more upscale in recent years, some residents and business owners are embarrassed by the seedy, beer-soaked main drag. But can you clean up the street without sacrificing its end-of-the-road, anything-goes appeal?

Locals Battle About Remaking Key West's Image

Locals Battle About Remaking Key West's Image

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Key West Mayor Morgan McPherson says he is trying to rid the city of some of hundreds of chickens that roam wild in the streets. Greg Allen, NPR hide caption

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Key West Mayor Morgan McPherson says he is trying to rid the city of some of hundreds of chickens that roam wild in the streets.

Greg Allen, NPR

Duval Street in Key West is famous for its open-air bars, strip clubs and raunchy T-shirt shops.

As the city has gone more upscale in recent years, some residents and business owners are embarrassed by the seedy, beer-soaked main drag. But can you clean up the street without sacrificing its end-of-the-road, anything-goes appeal?

Key West Mayor Morgan McPherson is also trying to rid the city of some of hundreds of chickens that roam the streets. He says he is working with animal welfare groups to find farms in central Florida willing to take them. McPherson says tourists love the chickens — the locals, not so much.

McPherson also wants to enforce the city's open container law and put an end to the Key West tradition of strolling up Duval Street with beer in hand.

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