Raleigh, N.C. — When CityGate Real Estate owner Doro Taylor bought a 107-year-old building on the corner of Peace Street and Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, she gave the exterior brick a good power washing and a fresh coat of paint. But some neighbors don't like the clean new look, saying it compromises the integrity and historic feel of the neighborhood.
That's because Taylor's building face lift covered up a mural that many residents say defined the Glenwood Brooklyn area.
"It was a beautiful mural of a porch swing, and I think it was indicative of what the neighborhood feels like – it's calm, it's quiet, it's safe," said Rachel Kincaid, president of the neighborhood association. "It's a sign of Raleigh and, I think, it's a welcome to Glenwood South."
Taylor, however, said paint on the mural was chipping and that it needed upkeep.
"It was flaking off," she said. "I can't let the mortar and the building degrade to the point where it will fail."
Both sides said they're willing to discuss a new mural on the building, and Taylor has even offered to chip in on expenses.
"I'm happy for them to use it as a canvas," she said.