Urban Pattern: Murals

Murals add a second layer of architecture to the simple stucco and wooden structures. Buildings become kinetic because of the flamboyant words and graphics used. Many building are covered from top to bottom by murals, which help Latinos inexpensively claim ownership of space through self expression.

The use of murals adds a strong visual element to the suburban form and helps scale down the auto-oriented landscape to a pedestrian scale.