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Toronto approves road mural pilot project

Toronto's executive committee voted unanimously to add four new road murals to city streets in 2016.

Children paint a road mural on Springmount Avenue last summer. The city will be moving forward with a pilot project on road murals later this year.

Courtesy Dave Meslin

Children paint a road mural on Springmount Avenue last summer. The city will be moving forward with a pilot project on road murals later this year.

In a victory for street art fans, Toronto’s executive committee is recommending the city allow more road murals in 2016.

The committee voted unanimously Thursday to approve a pilot project of four on-street murals next summer.

“People spoke up at the meeting and lots of letters were sent and I think that made a big difference,” said Dave Meslin, a community activist who helped paint a road mural in his Regal Heights neighbourhood and has been pushing the city to allow other residents to do the same.

The original motion, introduced by Coun. Cesar Palacio, had asked the city simply to allow all community groups to paint street murals, provided they get a permit.

However, in response to the staff report, Palacio amended his request – which was moved at committee by Coun. Jaye Robinson – to ask for a pilot project with two murals instead.

“Not only were the committee members supportive, but they were actually fighting over who gets a mural, so they upped it to four,” said Meslin.

Meslin hopes the pilot project will lead to even more murals in the future.