by Dan Gibson
As far as I'm concerned, the modern streetcar construction on Fourth Ave. and Congress hasn't been nearly as troublesome as I would have imagined. By and large, you can still get to where you want to go without too much hassle, the community has rallied around merchants in the area, and it'll be over sooner or later. Still, there's certainly an aesthetic issue with fences lining one of our city's most prominent streets directly in front of storefronts. So, I don't know whose idea it was, but drawings, paintings and such started popping up taped or tied to the fence. Events were launched to celebrate the incidental art, media outlets were interested, but then this morning, all of the work was removed to the dismay of, well, seemingly everyone:
No one seems to know (or is willing to say) who took the art down or why, although I have a few calls out to try to figure it out, so if someone cops to the removal, I'll post an update. However, taking the art down (some of which was damaged by the weather anyway) should motivate people to just put up more, right? What was up there helped me feel a little better about the city I live in, so I hope this mass removal (or any future ones) just multiplies the work that goes up on the fences.