It seems that my post from yesterday has drawn some attention. I like attention and I’m glad that I could be part of the discussion of what is going on here in Downtown WSNC. I do want, however, to clear a few things up; perhaps I wasn’t clearer than mud.
I’m not against this project, Artivity on the Green, being here. I stated yesterday and I will, again, state today that I support AFAS, Harry, Julie, what they stand for, what they do, how they do it and so on. I was merely stating that I didn’t like what went here. As a viewer of as much art as I can get my eyes on (The BCPF and I love museums and the like), this, to me, is an eyesore. That doesn’t mean it’s not a good piece of art. After all, isn’t art supposed to be about expression? To provoke thought; balance and counter-balance? Isn’t it supposed to elicit feelings such as love, fear, disdain, wonder, confusion? If so, then this is a wonderful thing. It has us all talking about it, whether we love it, hate it, couldn’t care less about it, right? We’re talking, regardless.
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Also, I didn’t want that to be the location of a parking lot. I do want more parking in the town and there has to be a give and take on some space. Someone once, on The Less Desirables, said that people will go to the mall when it’s busy, park in one of the outlying parking spaces and walk a good while to the mall doors, why are they scared to park at a location and go to things in the area downtown? It’s a psychological thing. That may be true, but they don’t have to park far away, worry about getting to said location by going through some parts of the city that, as of yet, hasn’t been “cleaned up,” yet and be accosted by the panhandlers. That’s a rant for another day, though. ANYWHAT! Downtown is different that parking at the mall. I don’t mind the walk, heck we did it for two hours yesterday. But, the mall has handicap parking. Some people aren’t able to make those treks but should still have the same availability to the same shops and restaurants, right? There’s parking at Traders Row (beside Mast General) but no one knows where it is, think it’s just for the residents or think that’s too far away.
There are a few decks downtown but many of the charge. I know the one I park in does and I pay monthly. So, since I’ve already paid, I walk about downtown sometimes and other times I try to get close to where I am. Really, I try to think where or what I’ll end up doing and how will I feel about walking back to my car? If I’m going to have a few drinks, perhaps I don’t want to walk by the Bus Depot and the beggars if I’ve not my wits about me, fully. Again, for this exact location, a parking lot was there and this is a better concept, even if I feel this particular installation is not of my liking.
So, by all means, go to Artivity on the Green, have a good time, enjoy it, revel in it. Be glad that we have the people, specifically AFAS, to bring us things like this. I just hope something else comes eventually. And thank you to all that have conversed with me about this. I welcome everyone’s opinions about this and any subjects. Ask me a quesion or whatever, just communicate with each other. We don’t do enough of that.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
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