The Latest Iteration of Strong Alley Serves the Instagram Generation

Who would have ever guessed that an alley which has historically and still, judging by smell, been the site of not-always-savory activity would turn into one of the most photographed spots in the city. The question is a bit rhetorical, but there is actually an answer: Jayne McGowan. Jayne, who has degrees in art, and […]

Art Slams, Wine Bars and Bricks? A First Friday Weekend

After not doing so for some time, last month I got out into the thick of First Friday, focusing on outlying participants. I noted that it’s been a while since our gang participated very much in the monthly ritual. Well, maybe this First Friday thing is going to catch on . . . we made […]

Art Making Places and Places Making Art

We’ve all experienced it, perhaps most often in an urban setting. Take a scruffy warehouse, add lights and art and suddenly, the space is “cool.” It’s a place people want to hang out. Same with an alley when art is added or a building with a colorful and interesting mural. Art is a game changer. […]

Have You Seen This?

There’s such an accumulation of little changes around downtown it’s virtually impossible to notice, let alone document, them all. Some are very big and others are more like small details that make the city a bit better. Some change the shape of the city while others simply make it richer while we aren’t watching. Let’s […]

A Half-Dozen and One Changes Happening in the City

I feel we’ve reached one of those points where I need to catch everyone up on a large number of changes happening around the city. These aren’t things that would necessarily make headlines themselves – some are bigger news than others – but taken together they show a city rapidly changing. Some of them are […]