Art wall to help deter crime, improve curb appeal of Pike Street

In the past year, Pike Street in Covington has seen a number of changes — renovated buildings, new businesses and apartments — that are helping attract new residents to the area.
The Pike Street Art Wall, spearheaded by architect and Covington resident Chris Meyer, will add to the neighborhood's positive news. The wall, located at 218 Pike St. and owned by Meyer, will display art from local and regional artists.
The project recently received one of eight Creative Community grants from the Center for Great Neighborhoods. The $5,000 grant will help Meyer curate the art wall and contribute to funding the space's upkeep and visual look.
Each display will be about 3-by-5 ft. and be covered with a sheet of acrylic to help protect artwork from the weather and vandalism. The wall will have three separate display areas for all kinds of 2D artwork.
Besides artwork, the project will also include an overhang to provide further protection from the elements, a few LED spotlights to help illuminate the displays at night and some flowers. 
The art wall will also help keep unwanted trespassers out of the vacant lot between 218 and 214 Pike, which has been a problem in the past. Meyer hopes to acquire the lot in the future.

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Caitlin Koenig is a Cincinnati transplant and 2012 grad of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. She's the department editor for Soapbox Media and currently lives in Northside with her husband, Andrew, and their three furry children. Follow Caitlin on Twitter at @caite_13.  
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