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Letter: Perfect place for a city mural

Whenever I’m stopped at the intersection of North Main Street and Loudon Road coming from Exit 14, I wonder who owns the building located to the left of the Prescription Center. My next question is this: Might the city of Concord collaborate with them?

My eye is drawn to the building’s gray concrete wall, and I imagine a gigantic blank canvas begging for a mural. There are a few trees there. Rarely do they obstruct the wall, though, since there are long stretches of the year they are without leaves.

Here is a gateway that welcomes people to downtown Concord. As the city implements its redesign of Main Street and looks for ways to make Concord more attractive to visitors from all access points, I can’t help but envision this wall with colorful images. What a wonderful opportunity to make a first impression that highlights the city’s status as an arts and cultural destination. I hope part of the funding awarded the city to eautify Main Street is dedicated to public art.

A project like this could kick off downtown’s revitalization and stimulate our creative economy. Supporting Concord-area artists is fundamental to attracting more creative people and businesses to town and benefits everyone already located here.

I can think of two exceptional muralists living right here in our midst. It’s likely there are others, and I’m fairly certain they’d all welcome the work and recognition of their talents by the city they call home.

TRICIA ANDERSON SOULE

Concord

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