Currently, the North Parkway underpass is a half-mile stretch of nondescript concrete looming on either side of the road, but it has unlimited potential to serve as a beautiful and inviting welcoming point between Downtown and Midtown.
This December when the St. Jude Marathoners run past the Crosstown Concourse building, they will be greeted by artist Anthony Lee’s new reverse graffiti mural on the wall of the North Parkway underpass. Lee’s mural will be created by power-washing patterns into the years of dirt and grime along the underpass wall. This stretch of North Parkway sees 18,000 to 20,000 cars daily. These numbers will likely increase from the renewed activity generated by Crosstown Concourse, the V&E Greenline, and expansion of the nearby St. Jude campus.
Lee’s planned mural, the upcoming marathon, and a desire to promote neighborhood engagement in the Crosstown community serve as the driving force behind Creep Sweep, a Halloween-themed community cleanup event planned for October 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the block around Crosstown Concourse.
This fun, free community event — hosted by Crosstown Arts, UrbanArt Commission, and Clean Memphis — aims to beautify the North Parkway underpass as well as the area around Crosstown Concourse. Volunteer work will consist of trash removal and pulling weeds, etc. Crosstown Arts is also seeking donations of Halloween candy and volunteers for the Trunk-or-Treat. Volunteers are also needed for cleanup shifts afterwards.
The Creep Sweep will also feature a Trunk-or-Treat event in the parking lot of Mardi Gras Memphis (496 N. Watkins). Food trucks Bedrock Eats & Sweets, MemPops, Delish Desserts, French Truck Coffee, and Monkey Train Grazing Co. will be on-hand, and Crosstown Arts will lead community members in a shared art-making activity.