Division st neighborway

Project Description

Division Street was once one of the city's most unpleasant alleyways - full of trash, potholes, sour smells, desperation. Since 2019 progressive efforts have been transforming it into a Neighborway - that is, an attractive shared street where people walking, on bikes and in vehicles could all safely pass.


Year One was facilitated by the team from Neighborways Design  and included roadway improvements and our first set of murals concentrated on the block between Hawthorne and Fourth Streets. Established and just-starting local artists took on individual murals while a team of artists from the Chelsea Senior Center and members of the community painted a series of art panels with the theme of food. 


In 2020, the next block of Division Street got its facelift with three additional painted murals on the block between Fourth Street and Congress Street and another behind the Apollinaire Theatre at Division and Cross Street. 

For 2021 we're dreaming really big with a massive roadway mural four blocks long and a series of colorful, creative crosswalks to facilitate safe passage through the downtown.  The RFP for designers/artists was released March 31, 2021 with deadline to respond by April 15, 2021.  


Our public art map has details on the Neighborway murals. 

Mural by Liz La Manche

Proposed sites for roadway mural and creative crosswalks to be installed in 2021.


City of Chelsea

500 Broadway

Chelsea, MA 02150

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