Watching paint dry in the Shipley Street Spruce-Up
By Mellany Armstrong

Updated Friday, April 25, 2014 - 3:10pm

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VIDEO: WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.

WDEL's Mellany Armstrong's assignment Friday was to watch paint dry. Really. But it's for a good cause.

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"It's an effort to make Shipley Street look better."

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Paint brushes and rollers in hand, workers trimmed the back doorways and windows of Wilmington businesses in the 'Shipley Street Spruce-Up.'

"We really believe that by improving the appearance, it will improve people's feelings of safety," said Mike Maggitti of Downtown Visions.

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Mickey Johnson of Wilmington says paint can change outsiders' perception of the city.

"Streets that aren't cleaned up or painted, that just look like it's graffiti, they need something to catch their eye, to feel more safe. So, I believe that this will help," she said.

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About 25 volunteers from JPMorgan Chase and police officers painted the historic district in black, gray, mauve and white.

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