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Art commission to mull fate of Midtown Poetry Wall

Original post made on Nov 16, 2022

Fans of Midtown Palo Alto's Poetry Wall who hope to save the mural from potential destruction will have a chance to voice their views during the Public Art Commission meeting on Thursday night.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 9:21 AM

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2022 at 9:40 am

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This has been a charming addition to Midtown particularly where it is situated near to Baskin Robbins and can be looked at while eating ice cream. The community garden was there but it has been cleared and if it wasn't for BR using it for decor to make a great photo op, then it would just be weeds.

Places that are charming are not valued by City Council or boards. They just want to get them dozed, scrapped, or turned into money making zoos or ugly libraries. Our old zoo was lovely, our old library was lovely, can we keep this place as it is.

Posted by Rose
a resident of Mayfield
on Nov 16, 2022 at 6:21 pm

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In the 30 years I’ve lived here I’ve only seen the poetry mural twice. It’s in a narrow alley and occasional cars pass through. It’s not a pedestrian area. It would be a waste of $28,000 dollars to do anything on that wall. If the City wants to create some art in midtown, invite proposals from artists, including location. There has to be a better location—somewhere we can all see and enjoy it. There’s fabulous public art in Los Altos. Invite some of their artists to propose something for midtown.

Posted by Helen Wilcox
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 17, 2022 at 8:20 am

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How about replacing the poetry and using the wall as a large advertising billboard that promotes Palo Alto businesses and products?

Rent could then be charged for advertising space making the former poetry wall a revenue-generating entity.

Posted by AnnetteG
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 17, 2022 at 9:15 am

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you must be kidding. How tacky would that be?

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