Centered on Ward Street with several branches in Salem (MA), is the Punto Urban Art Museum. This outdoor art gallery features murals of 14 local, national, and international artists with nearly 80 works between them. It is part of an urban development program.
The remarkable thing is that some of these murals were painted in 1970 and none have been touched by graffiti.
The original neighborhood, Stage Point, was named for the fish drying “stages,” as Salem was founded because the of maritime businesses and trade. In the 18th century the economic shift was due to the mill workers that come from French-Canada. It became “La Pointe”.
In 1914 much of this area of Salem was destroyed in a vast fire. The mills moved to the south, as the city was being rebuilt. More recent immigrants came from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. The neighborhood is known now as “El Punto” (Spanish for the point).
There are several ethnic markets, shops, and restaurants that one can check out.
For more info: Punto Urban Art Museum.