Sad News About One of Our Murals
We have recently been informed that the building on which our Tough Love mural is being painted, downtown across from the bus depot, has been slated to be torn down at the end of this month. This news comes as a shock as we are just getting into painting the hearts: our shared vision for a better Greensboro.
Although we had estimated another month or so till completion, the new deadline only means we have less time to finish and need more painting help. You might wonder, what is the purpose of working on a mural that is about to be destroyed? Well,Tough Love depicts a city in need of change and a city that could be better if we all had equal opportunity, representation, and resources. The process of painting together is a step towards understanding each other and understanding how to make our city better for everyone. Over 400 people have helped to paint this mural already, and we know our city is strengthened by it.
We are incredibly sad to know that the completed mural may not live on in the city, but we hope that for everyone who stopped to paint, talk, and look at the mural during its creation, Tough Love will be a reminder of what it means to create with other people. And a reminder of the work that needs to be done in our city. As a group, the Greensboro Mural Project, had begun to dream about what this lot could be transformed into, a permaculture designed park in from of the mural, affordable housing units in the adjacent parking lot space, space for local businesses to open shop, a community hub for the residents of Greensboro. We are seeing Greensboro change around us, and our vision of Greensboro is just as important as the speculation that we feel is leading to the wall being demolished. The property the wall is situated on and adjacent to has been valued at around $4 million dollars, and the building is being seen as something that would take away from the value of the property when selling the building. We know speculation has nothing to do with the needs of the community, but the needs of investors and developers. While $4 million may seem like an insurmountable amount, the residents of Greensboro can have sway over how our city is developed.
In this last month that we are guaranteed with this mural, please join us in painting, spread the word about our project, and support us in any way you can. Our community day continues to be Saturday if it’s over 40 degrees, but we will also be working throughout the week and would love your help anytime! We will continue to create community collaborative murals moving forward, highlighting the many voices of Greensboro, and we hope you were continue to paint with us.
Regardless of the wall being torn down or not, we thank you for all your support, and we invite you to sign our petition to try and stay the demolition!
Thank you for everything and hope to see you at the wall soon!
The Greensboro Mural Project