Fighting Blight With Art

Palm Springs officials are working to fill the windows of empty storefronts with art and movie posters in order to keep the streetscape feeling lively.
September 20, 2009, 5am PDT | Tim Halbur
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"Nedra Young, chief executive of Social Mosaics, which teaches schoolchildren about mosaic art, contacted the city a few months ago about the idea after reading that Philadelphia was doing the same thing.

"Right now a vacant storefront is nothing but a piece of glass. It has no character, no interest, no nothing, so people walking down the street say, 'Why do I want to be here? There is nothing to look at,' " she said."

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Published on Thursday, September 17, 2009 in The Los Angeles Times
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