Sunday, June 8, 2008

The Art Of Venice

Alexandria is another of the Venice Boardwalk's gems.
To those who dismiss the Boardwalk as a hub of bums, misfits and tacky tourists, look twice: how about Hammam, Adja, Jean Joseph, the Venice graffiti walls anonymous, and so many talented locals? The Boardwalk is not just about goofy T-shirts, cheesy burgers or beggars. It's a bastion of free-for-all creativity that should be preserved, in spite of the inevitable gentrification of the area. Trendies come to Venice for it; pay a premium for it; complain about it -- yet get rid of it and you turn Venice into another scripted, bland Grove or Americana. Developers beware not to kill the golden goose. illustration