ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – It was a completely different look along the area known as South Grand. Owners of boarded up businesses welcomed volunteer artists to apply some creativity to a difficult situation. It was hard to tell looting hit this south St. Louis strip a few hours earlier.
Artists painted creative landscapes on plywood that went up after violence overtook protests following the news Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the shooting death of Michael Brown.
The owner of the Rooster Café said he's received wide ranging support from people who stopped to see an image of the St. Louis Flag painted with a peace symbol in the middle of it.
There are also efforts to help damaged businesses financially. Lewis Reed, president of the St. Louis Board of Alderman, is helping raise money. http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/showing-love-for-grand-south-grand-/268663
The City of St. Louis is also promising assistance. Business owners can fill out applications for financial aid through the South Grand Business Association Office or by contacting the Economic Development Partnership at 314-615-8153.