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Curb appeal: Vandalia wants to spruce up streets, downtown with art, color

Vandalia leaders are looking to make the city more appealing to the eye.

Assistant City Manager Amber Holloway said the city is working on potential visual upgrades that could include flags outside businesses and stencils on sidewalks and streets.

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For example, a set of uniform “open” flags on every business downtown could provide for consistency and show businesses are open, she said, and make the city more colorful. Stencils or paint with artistic designs could be used on sidewalks or crosswalks to draw interest, Holloway said. A banner sign above U.S. 40 or Dixie Drive is also under consideration.

Also, Dayton Power and Light has given the city a grant for the Utility Box Wrap Project. All the utility boxes in the city will be wrapped with some type of art for better curb appeal.

All these implementations, except for the utility boxes, are in the planning phases and have not been voted on by the city council yet.

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If anyone has any further questions or ideas on how to make the city of Vandalia more visually appealing, contact Holloway at (937) 898-5891.

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