KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tens of thousands of people will be gathering along Main Street Thursday for the Saint Patrick's Day parade, and those who live in midtown want visitors to know that they take pride in their neighborhood.
At 40th and Main a new mural seeks to spread that message.
Midtown is like many other urban neighborhoods, battling problems such as crime, trash and drugs. But Main Street has been winning the war in recent years, the city has been transforming the neighborhood through a concerted effort to make it clean and safe.
As new businesses are setting up shop, the new mural reflects the love people have for midtown.
An artist who works on Main Street finished painting the mural Monday and says it's helping generate excitement for midtown's momentum.
"I thought it was a cool idea," artist Trent Alexander said. "It’s definitely a good way to bring some life. It’s pretty gray along this whole wall. Other than this mural it brings some light and some brightness to the neighborhood."
The Main Street Corridor Development Corporation is encouraging folks to take selfies in front of the mural and spread the love on social media.
The colorful mural reflects the vibrancy of the midtown community and businesses in midtown tell FOX 4 News their future is not as drab or bleak as many once feared.