Hey if CMPD doesn't see an opportunity to bust some heads why bother right?
I could be a Republican if I wanted to. Life has been good to me. I have adequate resources and very good health insurance. But my conscience just won't allow it. I actually care about people who are less fortunate. I know that some of them are just lazy and chose to be uneducated, but look carefully. Many of the people the Republicans despise are victims of circumstance. Many good jobs have been lost at the hands of politicians who think the answer to every problem is either a big tax break for rich people or a giant check written to a large corporation. Look at the value of homes that are being repossessed. Those are people who used to make decent money before something happened to pull the rug out from under them. Maybe next time it will be you...
Republicans subscribe to the delusion that wealth "trickles down" from the "producers" to the riff raff. Actually, the economy is driven by consumer spending. It flows UP from the people who have money and need a product or service. When consumers have no money, the economy crashes. And then the finger pointing starts, and almost everyone is wrong.
@jerrykirk - there was absolutely, 100% a Big Red mural on the front of Fat City in 2004. I tried to dig up a photo for this article, because I took one, but it has been almost a decade and I couldn't find it. My research for this article, which included a statement from KC, stated that Fat City opened first, but I didn't look up official city records, so that could very well be backwards. Thanks for your comment & the link!
@Garth - I'm aware that 5 Pointz was established 20 years ago. I'm not sure Mr. Edlin's perspective qualifies as "more accurate." While some may agree with his opinion, there's a large consensus of disagreement among city residents and established artists of a variety of mediums, including aerosol. Thousands came in the past few months to protest the demolition of 5 Pointz and signed petitions for it to be designated an official landmark. When I visited, 5 Pointz curator Meres told me his team of lawyers (who were working pro-bono because they too believed the site was a landmark) felt the likelihood of this designation was very good, and he has since stated publicly that he's sure this is why the art was painted over the minute the courts lifted a restraining order that was protecting it.
Two corrections to my first comment.. 'Center of the Earth' gallery opened in 1989, not 1985, and that was the beginning of North Davidson becoming an Art District, and the actual link to my history on the area is: http://jerrykirk.blogspot.com/search/label…
And for a more accurate perspective on 5 Pointz, from Jay Edlin, author of Graffiti 365 and one of NYC's original graffiti artists, check out:
Jay's response to the argument that "5 Pointz is a New York City landmark and
we're losing something irreplaceable" was characteristically New York: "Nothing
is irreplaceable and I wouldn't call 5 Pointz a landmark."
BTW, 5 Pointz's "history" as a graffiti space only goes back to 1993.
While I admire the intent of this article, there is one big flaw in your research; The Artists and Art Galleries arrived in North Charlotte several years before Fat City opened, beginning in 1985 to be exact, with the opening of 'Center of the Earth followed by 'Rococo Fish', 'Absinthe' and 'Acanthus'. So while Fat City was indeed an important component to the NoDa scene, it was the artists who initially "attracted the best and most outlandish in Charlotte counterculture". It was the art scene that made NoDa an attractive place for owner K.C. to open Fat City. Further, and I may be wrong about this, but I do not remember an advertisement for 'Big Red Gum' ever adorning the Fat City building. For a more accurate history of NoDa please read: http://jerrykirk.blogspot.com/search/label…
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