Community Murals: North Park Neighborhood

Businesses and residents are coming together around ‘Take Back the Alley,” a city-wide initiative in San Diego that cleans up alleyways and installs murals. Some claim the murals near El Cajon and Utah Streets have attracted new customers to nearby businesses; others just like the art. “People express themselves with murals. It’s a nice thing to look at, too.” Produced […]

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Richmond opens tool lending library

Founders of the new Richmond Tool Lending Library hope residents will face fewer barriers to fixing a leaky faucet or sprucing up the yard. Joining cities like Oakland, Berkeley and Santa Rosa, the city of Richmond opened the tool library in July with $12,000 from a crowd funding campaign. “All these little things that people can do […]

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Painting Positivity

North Park San Diego, once seen as an undesirable area, was revitalized by a movement to exhibit local artistic and cultural elements throughout its streets. This narrated video interweaves images of the street art that North Park is now famous for, and the voices of its community. “We all mean something and have our own story to tell… We have stories […]

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‘Emerald Alleys’ coming to Richmond

The Mathieu Court alley in Richmond’s Iron Triangle was a paved alley that had become a dumping ground for excess garbage, lined with overgrown brush. But the City of Richmond joined with residents, a neighborhood council, and a handful of grassroots groups to “green” the alley for public use. “The aim is reclaim these areas as usable neighborhood space and promote […]

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The Visual Public Art project

The Visual Public Art project coordinates with the City of San Diego to promote local artists and beautify the city’s backdrop with painted power boxes and trash cans. “Public art says a lot about the city promoting people’s creativity. I think it’s beautiful. I think it’s healthy.” See the art and meet the artists in a video by […]

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Local artists beautify Beachwood

Thirty-two artists from a local collective came to beautify a flea market and the buildings surrounding it, which had been targets for vandals. In an effort to curb property damage, organizers chose the location for a mural project — serving the dual purpose of bringing art to the community and creating a visual atmosphere that they hope will discourage unwanted graffiti. See the art on We’Ced.

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Project aims to transform ‘the hood’ for good

Project G.O.O.D. (Growing Our Own Destiny) is seeking help from youth to use agriculture as a social tool to bring communities together and beautify their neighborhoods. Yisrael Family Farms, which launched the program, says youth who join in will be paid a stipend, but that’s not all. “[Youth] will find value in real work, experience firsthand what it means to be stewards […]

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Continuing a tradition of service

The collaboration called “Friends of the Richmond Greenway” and hundreds of volunteers came together for a special tradition honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and Richmond’s environment. The “day of service” included picking up trash, weeding, and planting native flowers and shrubs along the Greenway. “I got there and I was impressed that the community could come together to create something […]

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