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Cary considering art for town's bus shelters

Posted January 28, 2010

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— Cary town leaders are considering a plan to put art on the windscreens of up to 10 bus shelters throughout the town.

"It makes it easier for the traveling public and people riding by, and it just makes it more attractive," Cary's cultural arts manager, Lyman Collins, said.

Cary considering art for town's bus shelters Cary considering art for town's bus shelters

Last year, the council approved $30,000 to hire Chapel Hill artist Susan Page to come up with a design and prototype for the C-Tran bus shelters.

Page, who has designed bus shelters in Charlotte, came up with wallpaper designs, which will be inspired from wallpaper from historic town buildings and will be etched on glass so the panels stay transparent.

"I think it's important to improve our community and improve the appearance of our community," Cary resident Brian Blanchard said.

Other residents have called the project a waste of taxpayer money.

"I can understand that side, too," said Cary resident Ernie Myers, who supports the project. "That $30,000 could go to the public schools or to roads that have potholes. I can understand that."

C-Tran ridership has increased 30 percent this fiscal year from last, about 12,000 trips a month, town leaders say.

The proposal was expected to go before the Town Council Thursday evening. If approved, Cary bus riders could be looking at art by April.


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  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Jan 29, 2010

    Yeah. Why try and make them attractive? They should be boring and utilitarian. Dull people unite! Quash this evil plan before they start wanting to plant flowers or sweep the streets.

  • LuvLivingInCary Jan 29, 2010

    once again, can't build up downtown cary but we can pretty up a bus stop.

  • iron fist Jan 29, 2010

    A waste of tax payers money, how long do they think this "art" will last? More pressing needs for tax $$$$

  • Nunya123 Jan 29, 2010

    Maybe they should take the money and buy out the putz who painted his house because the city only offered to fix it, not buy it(only worth about $30k since he never took care of it anyways). Needed to put something up artistic around that house before he spray painted it.

  • Tin Nutt Jan 29, 2010

    As a Cary taxpayer, I support public spending on art. I don't want to live in a town that builds everything as cheaply as possible with no regard to appearance. I happen to like much of the public art that Cary has put out already. There are always going to be people that disagree with a project, but only the opinions of the Cary taxpayers matter in this debate.

  • this is my Screen Name Jan 29, 2010

    Just how does this make it "easier" for travelers?

  • HangOn Jan 29, 2010

    inviting vandalism.

    How creative can you be in cary anyway - it's all beige.

  • ncguy Jan 29, 2010

    As a Cary taxpayer I find this offensive!

    How about a tax break instead?

  • IzzMad2016 Jan 29, 2010

    As a resident who typically supports Town of Cary and is often very "vocal" on GoLo in defending Cary and our town government, I have to say that I think this is a waste of money regardless of where the money is coming from. How many pot holes will this 30K fix? And I agree with DeathRow -- spending money on something that can be broken or damaged sort of easily seems silly. I'd rather see it go to road repairs.

  • superman Jan 29, 2010

    And thise coming from a City that has so many restrictions on buildings and signs. It is ok if the City does it but not the residents! 30k for art-- surely they can come up with more money for art.