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L.A.’s Watts neighborhood gets colourful with mural ban finally lifted

You might’ve heard of Watts in the past. Sanford and Son, the 1970s TV series, was set there. But there’s also a darker side to the neighborhood where gang violence occurs much too frequently. But now be introduced to another side of this colorful Los Angeles neighborhood.

A city-wide ban on murals in Watts  has finally been lifted after 11 years. The results? Colour and extraordinary artistry re-entering the community. Calling one particular wall in Watts the ‘Great Wall of Watts,’ this mural art is a ‘multicultural collaboration,’ that brings students together from different schools and aims to highlight ‘equality, unity and friendship’ across cultures.

The Great Wall of Watts

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Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.

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