A dilapidated house on Green Street in Jamaica Plain has become a canvas for street artists while its new owner figures out just what to do with the property.
Avenue of Art, a street artist's gallery and hangout run out of 333 Salon & Barbershop on Huntington Avenue, coordinated the external re-do for City Realty, which recently bought 197 Green St., between Washington and Amory streets. The company's CityPOP program lets artists use the buildings it buys for artwork until they're renovated or torn down.
Avenue of Art's Michael Baldino led an open house at the site on Saturday. He said it took about a month to re-do the house, and the City Realty hopes to incorporate some of the art in whatever it does on the site.
Of course, this being Jamaica Plain, there was a protest - in the form of a man with a clipboard from City Life/La Vida Urbana, who stood outside the house's driveway in opposition to City Realty's activities in the neighborhood. The group has been feuding with the company for more than two years now over what it says is the company's role in further gentrifying Jamaica Plain.