– University Ave. looks like a war zone right now as the second phase of Art Walk takes shape. The street is torn up, along with the Memorial Art Gallery grounds. The museum is building a sculpture plaza and the city is building the second phase of Art Walk.
The extension will provide the critical mass of art and substance the original Art Walk lacks. While pretty, the first phase is too short. Soon, there will be plenty to see along University Ave. and Goodman St. between Village Gate and the Rochester Museum and Science Center. There will be artsy benches and bike racks. There will even be poetry inscribed on the sidewalks!
In an unusual mix of art and infrastructure, the city is spending $6 million on this phase of Art Walk. That includes the (seemingly endless) reconstruction of University Ave., which will be done in August.
If the Inner Loop is filled in, I can imagine an Art Walk that extends beyond Union St. right to Eastman Theatre.
– Speaking of public art, this is a really weird campaign in Minneapolis.
– We’ve heard of plastic bag bans. How about a plastic straw ban?
– “I think sometimes when young guys are drafted, they think, ‘Oh my God, Buffalo.'”