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MS Activist Builds His Own Accessible City Made of Legos

November 21, 2017

It's just the ticket for any Scrooge having trouble embracing the holiday spirit. Take them to see the Keep Building Jackson! display at the Arts Center of Mississippi, in Jackson, made of more than 200,000 Lego bricks.

The mastermind behind the intricate city re-creation is Scott Crawford, PhD, who was diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2002 at age 37. The exhibit is his vision of the state's capital city as a clean, safe, pedestrian-friendly community that welcomes everyone — including those with mobility challenges.

Now in its eighth year, the display will include a new addition in 2017, a Lego replica of the historic Lamar Life Building, which was built in 1924.

Dr. Crawford, now 51, started the Lego project adjacent to his home Christmas tree in 2008. He moved it to the arts center in 2009, and it now requires 23 tables, each three feet by six feet, for display.

"His iconic buildings are really nearly perfect matches," says James McGowan, District Two Commander of the Jackson Police Department's Patrol Operations Division. "There's no way to put into words how massive they are — and Scott is so meticulous about everything he's done with them."

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