OPA-LOCKA (CBSMiami) – Art will soon tear down the walls of a dark past in Opa-Locka.

The city teamed up with nationally renowned artists to transform the barricades by NW 151st Street and NW 22nd Avenue that surround Magnolia North, known as “The Triangle,” into an artistic community.

“The Triangle” was blocked off with metal barricades in the 80s to isolate the high levels of crime and violence in the area. The project will remove the wall for the first time in 30 years and redesign the area’s intersections.

The project kicked-off Friday at an orientation meeting held at the historic Opa-Locka Train Station. The artists met with community leaders, residents, and with members of the Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation to discuss ideas for the design and to get a better understanding of what the community wants.

The goal of the project is to increase access and involvement with the arts for residents and visitors of the city. The city collaborated with Miami-Dade Art in Public Places in gathering artists to transform the city’s image.

The project is being funded by a $250,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts awarded to the OLCDC in June 2011. The purpose of the grant is to strengthen the arts in the community.

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