One of the posts on VAlencia.

Those on Valencia were widened and are now beautiful. The public art project by Michael Arcega — four posts each topped differently —  also seemed like a good idea, but now, seeing them in place, I wonder. What do others think? Is the problem that we’re just not creative enough and post any old thing? Or is this simply a good idea that is, like life, messy?

Nearby sidewalks. Beautiful.

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  1. I’m in favor of them, messy as they are. They don’t get many point with me as art, but they have a community building and first amendment political speech value. There should be a place in for lost pet posts, in the urbanscape. There should be a spot where posts for protests like Stop the cuts, there going to be a march from Dolores Park to City Hall post. They are messy, but legit.