The newly decorated control boxes by RAW and the enlarged photographs by SPIN are faring very well. No one's touched them. If you follow this blog or LynnHappens, you know the good stuff.
There's more work to be done.
Now, we need to address the condition of some of our vacant storefronts.
I'm going to post some photographs of tagged or unkempt properties and their owners. 33 Central gets a pass right now, and I hope to be able to report why soon enough. The building on the corner of Spring Street and Exchange Street, right by Lynn Arts, gets a temporary pass because I hear LynnArts is hatching a plan to renew the faded old construction paper in those windows. I just hope the next window exhibition doesn't look like my first grade teacher put it up.
My primary focus is on tagging. Not graffiti, but ugly, hardly legible monochromatic scribbles just barely an evolutionary step above peeing on something to mark ones territory. Second to that, there are some simple and cheap measures to beautify property and to at least give off the impression of wanting to lease or sell it.
The owner of most of the properties below has supposedly been made aware of the issue by proper channels, or so I've been told. But this owner has an office one block over on Washington Street, and just yesterday a landscaping company was working in the Central Square island their sign adorns, because they supposedly are the ones who care for it. Yes, I'm talking about Mayo Group. They're down here every day. They could maybe take a few minutes even to address the simpler fixes.
|Mayo Group Parking Lot in Central Square. This scrawl has been here for several years, now.|
|How hard is it to put something nice in the window? I may even have an extra curtain, but I'm not loaning Mayo anything.|
|Another one that's been here a while. 46 Central. Mayo Group property.|
|The doorway of 46 Central Square. Mayo Group.|
|The other entrance way to 46 Central. Since Mayo is using the building, perhaps they should put a door there.|
|Union Street, just around the corner from Central Sq. Mayo.|
|Looks like someone was playing with white out. Also, at least paint the stairs, Mayo.|
|Same Union St. Property. The soap is awful, too.|
|Wide view for context.|
|Tags, soap, faded falling signs on Exchange Street, right across from LynnArts. Mayo Group.|
|More Mayo mess.|
|I think Mayo gave up on leasing 64 Exchange Street, or at least the faded sign would have you think so. Soaped up windows look terrible.|
Now, the rest of these tags are on MBCR property. I hope they are dealt with quickly, too.
|This one's making a comeback as the paint chips away. That's another issue.|
I'm starting with Central Square, perhaps because I notice it more, living here. But also because it's where DTL's arts organizations and artistic initiatives are concentrating. Between LynnArts and the organizations housed within it, RAW, Arts After Hours, the Lynn Museum, SPIN, Turbine, Capital Diner and others, one would think the city would apply a little more pressure to keep up appearances. Lots of out-of-towners and even big name talents pass through Central Square (WFNX is one reason as well). Besides, I live here and I have to see it. That is not to say I only care for Central Square. I want to see improvements radiate outward, towards City Hall Square, up Union Street, down towards Market Street and over to NSCC, and anywhere else they're needed.
Almost forgot the video: