West Main Merchant's Association

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

A stretch of West Main Street in Peoria just got a splash of color. The owner of the Fifth Avenue Fashions hired a local artist to paint a side of the building that faces traffic. The mural tells a story about the building’s tenants and the neighborhood.

Shopkeeper Ziad Madanat owns the strip on the corner of Main and Garfield.

His son Michael says the family wanted to bring new life to this corner of West Main Street, an area that sometimes gets a bad rap:

Rethinking business on West Main in Peoria

May 8, 2014

A water main break last year is responsible for a new configuration of the Main and University Street intersection and side streets. But Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports it may also have helped form a new business association: