04 December 2009
Ideas for eyesores
Ban Them! No, Paint Them Legally!
After the City Council decided this week to begin phasing out the ubiquitous solid-front security gates that serve as the eyelids of storefronts put to sleep for the night, readers were invited, using photographs by Robert Stolarik of “blank” gates, to consider whether a more beautiful or useful design for roll-down gates would make them worth preserving.
Of course, they'd get tagged and defaced pretty quickly, but I like the idea of a changeable public canvas. Go to the link to read how five readers envisioned a future for the gates and to see additional submissions in the slide show. – GF