Thriving Through Time Project Unveiled By Downtown Framingham

FRAMINGHAM – In April 2018, Downtown Framingham, Inc. (DFI) met with leadership from the City of Framingham’s Department of Public Works to plan and implement several downtown beautification projects, including lamp post banners, holiday lights on lamp posts, and utility box wraps.

The team from Pitbull Jeans admires the new wrap at 17 Hollis Street.

Shortly thereafter, Downtown Framingham Inc. submitted a grant request to the Mass Cultural Council to fund utility box wraps that evoke how worldwide, cultural influences have been a strong foundation for a thriving downtown.

Upon winning the grant, Downtown Framingham Inc. collaborated with the Framingham History Center to obtain photos and historic details about downtown’s past and present iconic buildings.

Downtown Framingham Inc. worked with downtown’s ICL Imaging to produce and install the wraps in May 2019.

Map of the utility box wraps (labeled by featured building).

Each wrap depicts a historical scene that is surrounded by a random selection of world flags to commemorate how international influences have shaped downtown’s rich culture and small business entrepreneurship since the 1800s. The seven wraps are placed along Route 126 from the Lincoln / Concord streets intersection to the Hollis/Irving streets intersection.

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