Graffiti artists invited to spruce up midtown

Tired of cleaning up after taggers, the Midtown Business Association is taking a different tack. It’s actually inviting street artists to splash wild, colorful graffiti on designated walls and buildings.

The concept, which has been tried with mixed results in other cities, is aimed at turning an eyesore into a tourist draw.

“We want to turn (graffiti) into a positive,” says Rob Kerth, the MBA’s executive director. The first suggested location is an alley near 16th and I streets, which sports a series of blank walls.

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