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Art Project Aims to End Blight

Making homes and neighborhoods more beautiful is the goal of a new city program, which will turn the plywood used to board up abandoned buildings into works of art.

Artist Markus Tracy was commissioned to paint five different designs for the boards.

The decorate boards will then be used to place in the doors and windows of 10 abandoned homes as part of the pilot program. Tracy says he used vibrant colors and themes specific to southern Nevada.

City leaders say they want the project to help more than just homeowners.

"We're going to have artists who are unemployed or underemployed helping us create designs and do this painting and ambition is to have taggers, graffiti artists also work some of their time off to the city by doing this kind of work," Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin said.

The Las Vegas Arts Commission is funding the project. The cost to paint the boards won't be charged to the property owners.

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