Route 66 Turns 90

"Barstow celebrates with a brighter, hand painted future."

As the 90th anniversary of Route 66 approaches in November, the city is pinning its hopes on a downtown revitalization plan that may infuse this five-mile stretch of road with new building facades, signage and pedestrian amenities.

The city also wants to highlight its identity as a mural town, one of dozens of small California communities that are reproducing local history and culture through colorful murals, frequently painted on the sides of prominent buildings.

“There’s a great collaboration that is going on at the moment … to lift up the community, focus on the Route 66 identity (and) celebrate Barstow and the region’s rich culture and heritage,” said Jane Laraman-Brockhurst, the former president of Main Street Murals, which commemorates the city’s history and promotes tourism through the hand-painted art-works.

Read full article here: LA TIMES

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