This summer, the Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) is bringing neighborhoods together to beautify their streets as part of a new program called “Paint The Town.”
The program, which began in May of this year, supplies permission and resources to artists who want to paint temporary murals on Oakland streets. The OakDOT started Paint the Town with the intention of giving local residents a sense of ownership in their neighborhoods, especially in under-resourced areas.
“Paint the Town is the first step in re-imagining what our streets are and what they can be,” OakDOT transportation planner Lily Brown said.
Paint The Town came about from the results of the city’s 2017 Request for Community Interest survey. The 130 respondents said they wanted the city to use its resources to turn streets and crosswalks into works of art.
“Transforming a busy street doesn’t always need complicated plans or millions of dollars. There is real potential for Oaklanders to create playful and artistic public spaces,” the OakDOT report stated.