Charlotte Post: Cynthia Graham Hurd’s brother works with City Council to restore traffic around BLM mural

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by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

South Tryon Street between 3rd and 4th streets reopened to vehicle traffic this morning.

The block in Uptown became a pedestrian-only space three days after the Black Lives Matter mural was painted there on June 9. Charlotte City Council voted 10-1 in last night’s meeting to reopen the street to vehicles. Council member at-large Braxton Winston voted no. The alternative would have been to keep the plaza closed to vehicles through the end of the year. City staff suggested concluding what was coined the Tryon Street Pilot Plaza on Nov. 2.

“Even our artists know that if you put a mural on the ground, it’s not sustainable,” said assistant city manager Taiwo Jaiyeoba, who helped make the mural possible in June. “It’s going to eventually fade, and so how can we memorialize it? Maybe we print it [and] hang it on a prominent wall, in a prominent place Uptown.”

The city has maintained the mural as part of its street cleaning efforts but is beginning to fade.