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What a shame. What initially made me even more proud of our neighborhood has now become a poor reflection on all of us. The collective complainers and our police have sent a very sad message to those young artists... they should have been allowed to complete their work, and I'd looked forward to the day that happened.
Brad,How is this "a poor reflection on all of us"? Just because the police are doing what they are suppose to do to maintain order, and folks who live nearby want more due process before anyone is allowed free reign to do whatever they feel like that affects the neighborhood?
I'm with Brad. It's sad when police use a technicality like a "sidewalk permit" to harass young people doing something legitimate (they never ask for my "permit" when I trim my hedge from the sidewalk ...). And sad that people prefer a peeling white wall to this wonderful splash of color. And no, ab_resident, a few neighbors can't usually veto an art project when the owner of the wall has approved it--"free reign" is what we property owners usually exercise over our properties. Some may like drab, but I thought the mural was beautiful. Thank you, artists!
I think it's funny that they referred to pedestrian access to the sidewalk. It's not exactly a pedestrian-heavy area. And the only "neighbor" who can see the mural from their building is Foreign Auto Body.
brent, the police did nothing wrong and it's not harassment either. They are only doing their job. There is a reason why the police showed up during the time the wall was being painted. Most likely concerned residents reported to the police that someone was spraying graffiti on the wall (which wouldn't be such a stretch considering there is graffiti in many areas of Allston). Believe me; the police would rather be doing more important things than making sure permits are being enforced but to say they are harassing young people is not reasonable.
Brent said most of what I would. It's private property, was done with permission, and the police didn't need to arbitrarily "maintain order" when the mural was mostly done. It's a poor reflection on all of us because a group of vocal, seemingly closed-minded residents were able to bully the landlord into removing it with their intolerance. And "due process"?! For a mural on private property? Come on. What if you did something on your own land that someone else didn't like? Would you allow them "due process"? No need to answer that one.
I happened upon the artists while they were painting the mural, and there's no way "concerned residents" could have mistaken what was obviously an enthusiastic group of young artists engaging in an organized artistic effort for a thug spraypainting some random tag on a wall. For one thing, it occurred in broad daylight.
ab, I think you are really of base on this issue. You sound a lot like a person running for City Council.
I thought it sounded more like a "durned kids with their newfangled paint-in-a-can" person.
It'll be a shame to see it go. Light a candle -or- curse the darkness? It's obvious to me that the mural painters were candle-lighting. To my neighbors who called to complain, you're absolutely wrong - that mural is totally better than the blank wall that was there before.
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I'm sure if the property owner had occupied the sidewalk to repaint the wall white, there would have been no intervention by the police or anyone else for that matter. That being said, I don't fault the police for looking into potential vandalism, but since this was clearly authorized, the idea that anyone other than the property owner should have a say in what color a building is painted sounds absurd to me.
Well, I wouldn't go THAT far. I mean, one should take the opinions of one's neighbors into consideration. You wouldn't want your neighbor painting, say, a giant rat on a pile of poo on his building, right? But in this particular case, there's nothing really objectionable about the mural. Unless, of course, one is a mutant. Or it could be that the pile-afflicted took "Rise of the Roids" as a hemorrhoid reference and were afraid.
I'm sorry to hear it is going and wish the permits had been acquired to finish it. The mural added life (and X-men yay!) to a drab corner of the neighborhood. Additionally, I was thrilled to have a landmark for giving directions to all the people who previously would inevitably got lost trying to find my house.