NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Gateway Mural Project turns a University District underpass into the world’s biggest paint-by-number project


When is an underpass not just an underpass? When it’s a high-traffic gateway between the Como and Marcy-Holmes neighborhoods, for one—and also, when it’s a work of art.

That’s the happy fate to be met by the railroad underpass on 15th Avenue Southeast; the retaining walls are being painted into a community-designed mural using a paint-by-number system devised by artists Carly Schmitt and Sara Udvig.

Opportunities are at hand for you to dip your brush in this project and help to add color to our neighborhoods for years to come. Painting events will be taking place on September 15, 16, 22, and 23; for details, see the project’s Facebook page.