3 blocks from mi casa…
The largest street painting in Portland, as seen from a roof on the northwest corner of the intersection. (Photos © J. Maus)
“The whole point was to draw people together, and already, there are people coming out here everyday, they stand around and start talking.” — Eric Griffith, who lives on the corner
This past weekend, neighbors around NE Holman and 8th came together for an ambitious project that has brought the community together and improved traffic safety — and all it took was volunteers and less than $2,000 in donations.
What was once just a forgettable crossing of two residential streets is now home to a vibrant, expressive, massive street painting that is impossible to miss. There are several street paintings scattered throughout Portland, but this is the largest.
44-year old Eric Griffith lives on the corner. He told us this morning that the painting has had an immediate impact on his neighborhood. Over 100 people showed up over the weekend to help with the painting, the largest turnout ever (according to City Repair, the non-profit organization that makes these projects possible). “The neighborhood was ready for something like this.”
— This project was done as part of City Repair’s Village Building Convergence which started last weekend and continues through Sunday.