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Mercer Street Grassroots District


We often think of being creative as a solo act, something we do by ourselves – painting pictures, composing songs, writing stories. The people of the Mercer Street Grassroots District in Princeton, WV show us how creativity flourishes in numbers and it is at the root of opportunity. The formation of The RiffRaff Arts Collective and their renovation of a historic property in the heart of downtown sparked momentum in 2006.

And now with more than 15 years of investment and countless hours of sweat equity, engagement of hundreds of residents in both creative work and strategic planning, the Mercer Street Grassroots District has bloomed. 

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