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Hickson Street mural now a wall of controversy in Verdun

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WATCH: Murals have become part of the urban landscape in Montreal, but as Billy Shields reports, a new painting in Verdun has become the centre of controversy. Global’s Billy Shields reports – Sep 23, 2018

A mural in a quiet industrial parking lot has become a source of controversy after a woman voiced her concern in a recent Verdun borough council meeting.

The city commissioned the mural about a month ago to the tune of $15,000. Montreal street artist Astro painted it on the south side of a parking lot on Hickson Street, on the side of a print shop.

Kathy Wolf told Global News she went to the meeting to ask if there is a way to have the mural “toned down.”

“The kids in this area find this mural a little scary,” she said.

Comments like that launched a backlash on social media, however, with some accusing Wolf of censorship.

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Wolf said she doesn’t want to take the mural down, but just to adjust some of its content.

This mural on Hickson Street has pitted supporters and detractors on two sides of the same wall. Billy Shields/Global News

City Councillor Sterling Downey said the city is amenable to the idea with sitting down with the various parties and trying to hammer out a solution sometime in the near future.

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