Working-class barrio turns into huge rainbow mural in Mexico
".....Project director Enrique Gomez said the goal is to promote community integration and change the negative image of the neighborhood.
"I never thought we would have such a big impact," said Gomez, a tattooed and goateed former gang member who turned his life around when he rededicated himself to graffiti art and muralism.
Before, he said, Las Palmitas was a sketchy area where people avoided going out after dark or interacting with each other. But as the project nears its final stages, you see people talking to each other more, children hanging out on the steep stairways that cut through the neighborhood.
"Honestly, what surprises me the most is that people are really changing," Gomez said. "They are growing, there is more community spirit. People are taking the security of their neighborhood into their own hands."..... "