Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District
“I know that if we have a lot of positive activity there, that will just curb the folks that tend to hang out there and have a lot of anti-social behaviors,” said Brooke Kidd, executive director and founder of Joe’s Movement Emporium. “It will just drive more foot traffic into our businesses.”
In 2012, Kidd had artists focus on properties on the south side of Rhode Island Avenue, and in 2011 on properties on 34th Street.
Kidd said she has seen increased foot traffic in the areas that the Better Block Project had focused on in previous years.
Sandoval opens with the story of Intisar Haamid, Circle Deli owner in Mount Rainier. Circle Deli is one of the properties featured in ALH’s Artist-Business Partnerships.
Haamid describes the deli as “extremely plain … I need something to focus attention on the building.” ALH is soliciting artists with a $2,500 budget who have bright ideas for facade improvement and creative signage.
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