City council considers more murals for South L.A.

A June 2013 photo of a mural outside a home in South L.A. | Intersections

A mural outside a home in South L.A., as seen in June 2013 | Subrina Hudson

The L.A. City Council considered an ordinance Thursday that would allow single-family homes in South L.A. to paint exterior murals. The ordinance would affect Boyle Heights and Highland Park as well.

Bernard Parks was the lone council member who opposed mural ordinance in a 14-1 vote, saying that individual communities should decide whether residents can paint murals on the sides of their homes.

The response from community members was mixed.

Hear their comments in an audio story from Annenberg Radio News:

Nina Royal of Tujunga said the amorphous definition of art and murals can invite more graffiti and that some murals may have offensive messages.

Art can often transform communities for the better, said Evan Meyer, who founded a project called Beautify Earth that aims to enhance public spaces through art.

Because approval was not unanimous, council members will vote again on the ordinance next week.

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