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WORK STARTS ON MURALS

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Designs have been finalized for the 16th Street Mural Project, to honor the now-vanished neighborhoods of Ann Ott, El Campito, Golden Gate, Green Valley, Los Quatro Milpas and San Juan Bautista, according to a new release provided by Lennée Eller, City of Phoenix program manager for the Phoenix Airport Museum.

The neighborhoods, which were torn down to make way for Sky Harbor expansion, were largely comprised of Latino households.

It was last March when the designs were shown to interested community members for input. The artists, who include Martin Moreno, John Nelson and the Tucson team of Josh Sarantitis and Will Wilson, took the public’s suggestions and incorporated them into the designs. A likeness of the late Rev. Albert Braun, who was an activist in the neighborhoods, is included in the Sarantitis-Wilson design.

Work will commence with the goal of installing the murals by fall of 2007. They will be seen along the wall of the airport’s Rental Car Center, at Buckeye and 16th Street. For more information, call (602) 683-3647.

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