Sunday, May 8, 2011

Art Before Commerce...Especially If You're Short on Commerce

An example of art before commerce on 24th Street in San Francisco.

San Francisco has a program called Art in Storefronts that seems tailor made for Flint, although the concept might get a little depressing if you think about it too hard. As the name implies, artists create fake storefronts in empty buildings. Presto, instead of an example of economic decline, you've got an art exhibit. Flint's got plenty of talented artists. And it's got plenty of, well, you know.


  1. Flint actually did exactly that in the 1980s.

  2. Tom, I forgot all about this. Flint was way out in front of SF.


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