Cheery murals mounted on boarded-up Vegas homes

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Updated: 2/10/2014 6:24 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cheery murals are going up on the sides of abandoned Las Vegas homes in an effort the City Council hopes will stave off blight.

The first mural was unveiled Thursday over the window a vacant home on Shiloah Drive. Colorful paintings will be placed over the windows and doors of 10 vacant homes as part of a $17,000 pilot program approved by the Las Vegas Arts Commission.

Artist Markus Tracy was commissioned to design five different scenes that will be painted onto the plywood used to board up the homes for security.

The project is spearheaded by City Councilman Bob Coffin, who says he hopes the murals will eliminate eyesores and beautify distressed neighborhoods.

The effort is modeled after a similar project in Cincinnati called "Future Blooms."

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