Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Surprising purposeful public art/graffiti in Georgetown

The reason this is surprising is because it is on the 3200 or 3300 block of P Street NW, in the heart of the Georgetown Historic District.  The GHD is unique in DC in that it was created by Congressional edict in 1950, 16 years before the National Historic Preservation Act was passed.  This district has a special federal standing and separate historic property review process compared to the typical DC historic district.

But the local preservation law doesn't cover "paint" choices on facades, so this might be "legal."

A similar case, but more bold and in your face, but not in a historic district or in a residential area where walking predominates, is how Chris Brown did over his garage-abutting retaining wall in Monster graffiti, which got his neighbors up in arms in Los Angeles.

But I wouldn't be disposed to paint my house in a similar manner.

No sidewalk...  Image source.

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At 7:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get what purpose that it serves.

At 6:48 AM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

agreed. it's like visitor center kind of promotions.


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