Mural of kids brightens wall dividing Cleveland neighborhood


CLEVELAND (AP) — A wall that has long isolated one of the country’s oldest low-income housing projects from the rest of a Cleveland neighborhood has been covered with a colorful mural of local children as part of an artistic effort to brighten the area.

The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/2ghvJhG ) reports the wall splits the Ohio City neighborhood from the Lakeview Terrace housing complex. The complex opened in 1937 and is now home to mostly minority families, who worry that encroaching development may eventually leave them displaced.

The Brazilian painter who created the mural was struck by the underlying strength of black culture there and the vulnerability of the children. She decided to paint a few of them on the wall, with some of them surrounded by patterns meant to reflect protection and majesty.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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