19 Dec '11, 3pm

A kind of love child of urban planning and street art:

A kind of love child of urban planning and street art:

Photo:Randal Ford The house was a nightmare. "It had been collecting dust and graffiti since Katrina and there was something very shabby and Brothers Grimm about it," says Candy Chang, an artist and graphic designer who lives just a few blocks from the place in New Orleans. But where others saw blight, Chang saw an opportunity, and armed with a few buckets of paint, she transformed the derelict house from a symbol of the community's decay into an emblem of its collective aspirations. With permission from the property owner and neighborhood groups, Chang turned the front wall of the house into a giant chalkboard, stenciling, "Before I die I want to ___________" across the boarded-up facade dozens of times. The statement became an open invitation to residents to fill in the blank. And they did. "Before I die I want to finish school." "Before I die I want to write a book." "B...

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