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City Gives Tentative Nod to Murals on Single-Family Homes in Northeast L.A.

Council District 1, 9 and 14 are part of the pilot program.

Councilmember José Huizar at a public event regarding murals.
Councilmember José Huizar at a public event regarding murals.

By City News Service

The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday tentatively approved a pilot program to allow murals on single-family homes in northeast Los Angeles, Boyle Heights and parts of South Los Angeles.

While the council earlier this year lifted a decade-long ban on murals for commercial buildings and multi-unit residential buildings, murals are still prohibited on single-family homes.

The council voted 14-1 to allow murals on single-family residential buildings in the 1st, 9th and 14th Council Districts. Because of a dissenting vote by Councilman Bernard Parks, who represents the 8th district, the pilot program ordinance will return for a second reading and vote.

R&B singer Chris Brown had a mural painted on a wall outside his home in the Hollywood Hills this past summer. But the mural, featuring brightly colored characters about 8-feet-tall, caused such a stir among  neighbors that Brown, who challenged the city ordinance banning residential murals, eventually had the artwork painted over.

In addition to the pilot program, the amended ordinance also would allow murals on roll-down security doors on commercial and industrial buildings.

While residents in some parts of Los Angeles expressed opposition to murals on homes, 9th district City Councilman Curren Price Jr. said people in his district were receptive to murals on homes.

Price asked for his district to be included in the pilot program, which initially was to apply only to the 1st and 14th districts. He said residents in the 9th district are working with "local nonprofits and residents to reclaim and beautify our streets and murals."

jayres December 04, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Murals in public places and commercial buildings is one thing, but on single family homes is just ghetto. And when someone's property value is affected by a neighbor's interpretation of art, I think this pilot program will be over. I think the districts that the SFR murals are allowed speaks volumes, because this doesn't fly in neighborhoods where people don't park their cars on the front lawn.
Nimby pimp December 04, 2013 at 02:11 AM
While I'm not wild about the of folks painting faces of Che Guevara's or brightly colored toucans on their houses, it might preferable to some of butt-ugly Pepto-Bismo stucco jobs I see around here.
Fernando lopez December 04, 2013 at 08:58 AM
Relax people, how many people do you think will actually paint murals on their walls...

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