The Pierson Place Historic District has an effort underway to support small businesses in the area during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Neighbors in the district created a flier that listed a variety of local businesses including restaurants, auto repair shops and grocery stores. They delivered these fliers door-to-door around the neighborhood and plan to keep doing so every few months.

Pierson Place Historic District recognizes that the owners and employees of these small businesses are part of the community, as they live, work and play in North Central.

This neighborhood organization also plans to try to reduce crime in the area by doing a project funded by a Block Watch grant. Neighbors will paint address numbers on curbs and alley fences. They plan to paint the address numbers on the curb of every house and about every other fence in the alleys in the neighborhood. Pierson Place Historic District intends to obtain bids from private providers and contact the owners of fences in alleys. Clearly marked addresses allow police to find locations quickly during emergencies, which could save lives.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 6 there will be a grand finale celebration and paint party, where artists will be painting along the Grand Canalscape from 15th Avenue to Seventh Street. Pierson Place officials will talk to the artists and show the public their work in progress on the organization’s Facebook and Instagram live feeds.

Pierson Place Historic District was formed in 1996 to encourage residents to become active in maintaining and enhancing their neighborhood. To learn more, visit or



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