A group of residents living near the Blakemore Street Bridge, which connects Hyde Park Avenue with Brown Avenue and Florence Street over the Northeast Corridor train tracks have won a city grant to try to turn the darkened, rusty span into a more welcoming entrance to the Prospect Hill neighborhood.
The Friends of Blakemore Bridge have been working with city and state officials for a couple of years to do something about the span, which periodically gets covered with graffiti and which has dark spots where troublemakers can lurk. They were among several groups across the city who won Love Your Block mini-grants of up to $3,500 to spruce up their neighborhoods.
Friends member Meri Bond says the money will help pay for increased lighting and art on the bridge, in the form of a mural and a graffiti wall. She adds:
Equally important, in the process of working on this project we hope to further build the identity of Prospect Hill as a multi-cultural neighborhood where we smile and say ‘hi’ to one another knowing that we all share the wish to be proud of where we live and have neighbors who are willing to lend a helping hand when we need one.
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