"Taking It to the Streets: A Dozen Great Denver Murals"
"Crush Walls Is Ready to Crush It: Here's the Breakdown"
"Crush Walls 2018: Always Take the Alleys"
"Crush Walls 2018: The Walls Are Changing"
For the record, Crush Walls does pay the artists who are participating, but as Michael Paglia notes in his companion piece to "Taking It to the Streets," his guide to twelve great murals in Denver, not all street-art projects are as laudable. Especially not those that tart up historic buildings.
That's not the case in RiNo, the nickname for what was once a dusty stretch of undistinguished warehouses and barren lots along the Platte River northeast of downtown, in what's officially the Five Points neighborhood but was called River North. The RiNo Art District was officially formed more than a dozen years ago, to recognize the artistic activity filling many of those warehouses, which were far more notable for their cheap rent than their architecture.
That cheap rent is long gone, as are many of the warehouses, replaced by massive apartment buildings and other complexes that are quickly filling every still-open lot. But the goal of encouraging art remains.
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