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One of the best streets to explore in Omaha is N. 24th Street. Many buildings showcase larger than life, vibrant murals that express the creative nature and spirit of this part of historic North Omaha. The murals represent a healing element for the community; many murals cover structures that are in various states of disrepair. Community gardens have risen to fill voids left by traumatic development practices, such as the implementation of the north freeway.

Despite having lost a large part of its heritage, including hundreds of homes and businesses that were destroyed to make way for the north freeway, N. 24th is a thriving community of artists, entrepreneurs, activists, leaders, and some of the friendliest people I've met. This has led me to wonder how I can use my skills to help restore this community. This thesis explores how architecture and design can give a historically disinvested community the agency to restore its economic and cultural heritage.