To Make a Village
Awnings and banners add to the look: they replace boxy signage that could best be read from across the street looking head-on at the shop, but not easily while strolling. Now Smoke's and My Favorite Muffin, or the Penn Police Mini-Station, can be identified easily from more than one angle.
But it's around the corner on Locust that art joined planning to complete the picture of a village street. Turning the corner at the Uni-Mart and and heading toward the Penn Dental Center, a pedestrian who used to pass a grim blank wall now finds a series of related murals in soft pastel colors, showing life in University City as painter Eoin Kinnarney, sees it: the fruitseller here, the sidewalk cafe there, the biker passing by and, everywhere, Man's Best Friend.