3/3/2016 – by Seth Albaum
This evening, the Good 2 Go Team from Raw Art Works presented community mural designs at a meeting hosted by One Community, One Voice in Union Hall on Exchange Street downtown.
The Good 2 Go crew split into groups of three to work on and present different prototype designs to hang on a stretch of corragated metal fence at the end of Neptune Street Court, along the long-discontinued Saugus Branch Railroad.
Each design was met with applause and some feedback that will be incorporated into the eventual mural.
Through a Lynn Cultural Council grant, Lisa Wallace of One Community, One Voice, working with Clay Larson of Bike to the Sea, hired the group of youth artists, who are paid, to enliven the area with an illustration of its history and future. Wallace and Larson are working together with a longer-term goal of developing a “Lynn Greenway” along the rail bed.
For 23 years advocates have been working on incorporating the route, called the Northern Strand, into a bike path. So far, they have successfully converted rail bends through Everett, Malden, Revere and Saugus with the goal of eventually being able to bike from Everett to the Beach in Lynn.
City Council President and State Representative candidate Dan Cahill was in attendance to throw his and Ward 6 Councilor Peter Capano’s support behind the effort. Capano could not be in attendance due to a work obligation.