Saturday, May 28, 2016     Volume: 30, Issue: 44
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What's your strategy for finding a parking space in Downtown SLO?

Patience, patience, and if all else fails, the parking garage.
I know all the great spots, but I ain't telling.
Nowadays I usually shop elsewhere, and only go into the thick of it if I really, really need to.
I just steal the spots that say RESERVED, because, like, I'm going to be super quick so those rules don't apply to me, right?

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The following article was posted on January 8th, 2014, in the New Times - Volume 28, Issue 24 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 28, Issue 24

Gum is gross, but it's art

By Patty Andreen - San Luis Obispo

I congratulate you for publishing the five essays about public art written by Cal Poly students (“Take it outside, kids!” Jan. 2). They show original thought, polish, and are the result of what appears to be excellent teaching.

I don’t personally appreciate all of our public art in SLO, but am happy it is proliferating. There is probably something for everybody.

In my view, the painted utility boxes are a clever use of space and a welcome addition to the scene. I have to agree that the clock by the old courthouse has failed to become a true landmark. If we judge the art by whether people gravitate to it and talk about it, then any list of successful public art in SLO must include Bubble Gum Alley. Like the shoefiti, it happened without official support, but it continues to grow and attract attention. Yes, it is gross, but much of our culture is.

Thanks for the thoughtful reflections on public art.