Editorial: Get out the paint, Albert Lea

Published 9:02 am Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Excuses, excuses, excuses.

City officials in Hartland, a town of less than 300 people, is able to get it together to have a man paint a mural on the side of the Olson Excavating building.

Yet Albert Lea, with about 18,000 people, has plenty of buildings with broad sides that remain empty. Strangely, it seems that when suggestions are made for murals, the only responses heard are why they can’t be done.

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No more excuses. Albert Lea needs murals. It has too many buildings with big ugly sides just begging for paint. Murals are one of the simplest ways to spark greater interest in public art and to spark visitor interest in downtowns. Murals say: “We love our city.”

We hope for visual progress on this topic in the warm months of 2009.