Boarded-up storefronts become opportunities for murals
Plywood-covered storefronts can be seen throughout Allentown, the Elmwood Village, and Hertel Avenue. Many were boarded-up preemptively against the possibility of breakage by angry protesters; some have actually been broken during previous marches and demonstrations. A few business owners have spraypainted simple messages of support like BLM, others have left them blank, and some—especially along Allen Street—have invited artists to decorate the boards. With many murals already covering the walls of Allentown, the new additions fit right in. Artist Baron Frankenstein has painted the boards covering Holly Farms, the Antique Man, and Grindhaus café, while the artists of Pine Apple have created their own messaging. Catch these now, because as businesses reopen, stores may want to return to their usual appearances.