July 17th, 2021


Community Building Tip: Public Treasures

For my current set of tips, I'm using the list "101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City.

81. Put your treasures where the public can see them. The need for sculptures and installations extends far beyond major parks, central squares, and high-trafficked tourist areas. Illuminating the off-the-beaten-path places with high-profile public art, such as the Picasso statue found amid New York University student housing, or Marc Chagall’s Four Seasons mural, set amid the Exelon plaza in Chicago’s Loop, gives the impression that wonders may hide around any city corner.

I find myself most enamored of treasure hunt projects, like Chicago's Cows on Parade.  These entice people to explore a town.  They are also cheaper to do than most big projects, because the cost gets spread out over many participants.  An artist can use it to advertise their work; a business can use it to attract attention; everyone wins.  \o/


Today is partly sunny and mild.  Our air conditioning is out of order.  Fortunately the weather isn't hot at the moment, but given the egregious lack of care in past cases, I'm not confident that it will get repaired during the few days of temperate weather.  O_O

I fed the birds.  I've seen house finches and doves.  Yesterday there was a lady cardinal. 

EDIT 7/17/21 -- I picked a handful of blackberries.