Judging from the comments to Peter's post about me going "round the bend" on the Varsity Theater by calling for a beautify or demolish ultimatum to Kerasotes, many people care about the fate of the venerable venue.
As I explained in a comment to Peter's post -- I was joking, giving an aesthetic twist to the ultimatum given to the Bank of Carbondale for safety purposes. Demolition is extreme for just being ugly.
Yet there might be some value in having an incentive program to beautify ugly walls. It's much cheaper to paint a mural than to build a building. The mural could be an image of the shops that used to be there before Kerasotes put in the other theater and walled off the front.
Other walls and storefronts in the City could choose their own images. A cheap artistic way to improve the look of the cityscape.
Carbondale Main Street arranges for building facade improvement grants, why not mural grants?