BY JEFFREY ZANKER, Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG – The near completion of the Deuces Interstate-275 Lighting and Landscape Improvement Project was unveiled last weekend. The column lighting, landscaping and murals are complete and the underpass lighting is expected to be completed by year-end.
“I was determined to see that the gateway was beautified,” Carolyn Brayboy, who initiated the project in 2013, said.
The project is part of the economic revitalization plan for the 22nd Street South business district. The area, known as the Deuces, once thrived with 100 local businesses such as the Manhattan Casino. In the late 1970s, the interstate cut through the neighborhood, dividing the street between Seventh and Ninth Avenue. This is one of several factors that led to the area’s decline.