An Expression of Hope on Pegram Street
Coming down Kennan Street, heading towards Pegram and located on the north side of the street is the Northside Corner Market. It is a tiny one-story store that is probably one of the few corner neighborhood markets that were once pretty commonplace in Charlotte.
I like these buildings. I especially am drawn to the simple ornament seen in the side brick parapets and the brick sills found on the windows, that illustrate to me anyway, the typical masonry and commercial building traditions of the 1920s and 1930s.
Today, the market is one of those buildings that you probably would drive past without a second look. After all, the neighborhood is not the greatest, and at first glance neither is the building.
That is until you turn the corner and face west.
The mural was done in 2011 by two artists who wanted to do something for the neighborhood which has had its share of unhappy and violent episodes. This is a portion of the mural on the west wall. The mural wraps around to the front south of the building; I will feature that artwork another day.
For today: North Side Corner Market Mural: “Stop the Violence.”