Friday, June 10, 2016

You, Too, Could Help Beautify the Rapid Red Line Before the RNC

Posted By on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 10:10 AM

click to enlarge This stretch right here looks pretty nice! - CAITLIN SUMMERS / SCENE
  • Caitlin Summers / Scene
  • This stretch right here looks pretty nice!
Though the cleanup efforts along the RTA Red Line have continued apace — the garish abandoned boats have been removed, thank the Lawd — there is much work yet to be done. 

The RTA is asking for civilian volunteers on three dates to help pick up trash and generally spruce up the (yet to be determined) areas between Hopkins and Tower City. That stretch, for those who don't hitch an Uber or Lyft from the airport, will be the first up-close-and-personal glimpse of Cleveland that many visitors will get. 

The three cleanup dates are as follows: THIS SATURDAY (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.); Sunday, June 26, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Sunday, July 10, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Interested volunteers may contact the RTA's Jose Feliciano Jr. at jfeliciano@gcrta.com. 

In other very good Red Line news (which has been in short supply for the RTA lately), the muralists of the InterUrban project have completed their work. They've been conceptualizing and painting at a breakneck pace since June 1 and wrapped thinks up yesterday, LAND Studio told Scene. 

The murals — 12-13 in total — are concentrated in clusters on the west side of the W. 25th Street station and closer in to downtown. LAND recommends one in particular that's best viewed on the W. 25th Street platform (photos forthcoming!). All murals were inspired by passages from Anisfield-Wolf book award winners. 

In addition to the murals, RTA riders will get to see portraits of diverse Clevelanders at Hopkins, in the tintype series by Keliy Anderson-Staley. The Texas-based photographer spent a week in Cleveland photographing a litany of Cleveland faces which aim to showcase and celebrate the region's diversity (an objective shared by the RNC Committee itself).  

That installation will begin soon. 

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