The Marion Star recently published the following story about Downtown Marion’s Paint the Town initiative.
A couple of houses on Blaine Avenue will have a new look come Monday morning.
If Marion First Church of the Nazarene and Downtown Marion Inc. have their way, those will be only the first of many across the city to benefit from Paint the Town, a volunteer effort seeking to improve the appearance of homes and neighborhoods citywide.
“In essence, the purpose behind the initiative is to upgrade the appearance of at least two homes on a particular block to stimulate a change in the overall appearance of targeted neighborhoods,” said Vaughn Sizemore, a consultant for Downtown Marion.
Paint the Town began as a discussion in 2014 between leadership of Marion First Church of the Nazarene, whose home is at 233 W. Church St., and representatives of Downtown Marion. Together they “began to research a concept aimed at the regentrification of neighborhoods in and around the downtown area. Simply stated, many homes in the core of Marion might be dramatically improved in appearance with fresh paint,” Sizemore said.