Toronto is set to take a friendly stance toward street mural and art.
When a group of residents painted a street mural last year in permanent colours and without city permission are now getting support from city council for this new wave in the street art.
Melissa Frew and The Regal Heights Residents’ Association not only made Springmount Ave. more beautiful, it added to a sense of community while making the street safer for children since drivers typically slow down to admire the art.
This type of road art is nothing new. It originated in Portland, Oregon and quickly caught on and can be found in Kitchener, Ottawa and Halifax.
City Councillor, Anthony Perruzza from Ward 8 (York west) supports the idea and hopes there will be another painting coming this summer along with 3 other wards.
Proponents say they are colourful and fun and can act as a traffic calming measure as motorists slow to take a look.
Is this art or a nuisance?
Melissa Frew and Councillor Perruzza join us now.
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