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Stirring Change with Murals

The Atlantic is publishing fascinating series of articles on cities. One of the latest — written by Luke Barley — tells of a project in Philadelphia to help revitalize a stagnant neighborhood.

In the project, Dutch artists Jeroen Koolhass and Dre Urhahn are painting colorful murals on storefronts to trigger interest in bringing life back into the neighborhood. It’s an example of using visual arts to stimulate a conversation about the future.

The artists were commissioned by Philadelphia’s sometimes controversial Mural Arts Program. According to Barley, the two artists are hiring local residents to do the actual painting.

Check out Barley’s article and photos by K. Scott Kreider. While you’re at it, you might consider subscribing to the Atlantic’s daily emails on urban issues.