Murals are sprouting up along NE Glisan, expanding the character transformation of the street. Shopfronts on Glisan between NE 68th Ave and 82nd Ave have enhanced their appearance over the last few years. The addition of public art on these buildings further drives the artistic reinvention of the street.
Some site developments are incorporating art into the project at the design phase. The new gas station and convenience store on the corner of Glisan and 82nd Ave will feature a tile-mosaic mural when constructed. Other businesses are adding their public art at varying times after opening.
The Pie Spot is the only shopfront in the new Rocket Empire Machine food hall that fronts on NE Glisan. They have added a mural depicting a pink flamingo sitting atop one of their pies.
Green Front Dispensary recently completed a mural on the NE 69th side of their building. The work is a creation of Voxx Romana. Its rich reds and shimmering gold color are easily spotted while traveling NE Glisan.
Although these are just a small number of artistic expressions coloring NE Glisan, it is not hard to imagine other businesses on the street adding murals to their locations. These building embellishments not only attract the eye, but it also sets a positive tone for the people who live and shop along this street.
Perhaps a troubling sign of heightened crime, Green Front Dispensary has boarded up their windows. Over the last few weeks, individually covered windows indicated damage to the storefront. Now the whole store is covered in painted plywood, ahead of rolling shutter installation.
A popular cannabis retail location, Green Front Dispensary, is located at 6834 NE Glisan Street. They appear to have reacted to repeated window damage through fortification. Although calls and emails have gone unanswered, the exterior modifications indicate a chosen path to address the vandalism.
The artistically painted wood coverings are similar to what other closed businesses have had to resort to during the pandemic. However, Green Front Dispensary is open while boarded up. The housing and track of exterior rolling shutters are visible on the edges of the window frames. These devices are standard security measures for retail locations needing protection.
Likely the wood covering will come down soon, and the exterior rolling shutters will protect the windows at night. It is unfortunate that any business would need to resort to this level of protection, but it may become common for neighborhood businesses if vandalism becomes more brazen.
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