Follow the Stimulus Money

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Friday, June 12, 2009

This spring the federal economic stimulus package started doling out $787 billion. And $3.8 million (that's 1/200,000th of it) went to Rochester, NY for the expansion of ARTWalk, the town’s funky urban sculpture trail. But not everybody thinks that a public art project will do much to stimulate the economy. Produced by Dave Johns.

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Comments [5]

Nurit from Roosevelt Island NY

New York State is appropriating $4 million from the federal stimulus money to a private organization to build an FDR memorial or Roosevelt Island while Governor Patterson is cutting 9,000 states jobs. New York City is matching this fund while Mayor Bloomberg is raising sales tax to save the City budget. Is building a $46 million memorial really important when this money can be designated for better uses in these economy?

Jun. 18 2009 08:31 AM
Nurit from Roosevelt Island NY

New York State is appropriating $4 million of the federal stimulus money to a private organization to build an FDR memorial on Roosevelt Island while Governor Patterson is cutting 9,000 state jobs. New York City is matching this fund while Mayor Bloomberg is raising sales tax to save the City budget. Is building a $46 million memorial really important when this money can be designated for better uses in these economy?

Jun. 17 2009 10:46 PM
ari papandreou from queens n.y.

To everyone at studio 360,thank you for taking the time and energy too eplain about the stimulas package.Following the projects that are being developed the cost and oversight you broadcast,so people have an idea were their tax dollars are being.

Jun. 13 2009 07:52 PM
LuAnn from Baltimore

Well said, Michael!

Jun. 13 2009 07:33 PM
Michael from Brooklyn, NY

For a perfect example of the potential for similar projects to ARTWalk to enrich a community both culturally and monetarily, please look at Chattanooga, TN. My hometown is not far away and I have several siblings who live in Chattanooga. I've watched Chattanooga extend a huge network of art and outdoor path related projects for the past 15 or so years. They have been smart enough to hire very good designers (not shlocky designers of hokey crap like Atlanta, a few hours south). Chattanooga has also worked to prevent stifling or displacing the black inner city family neighborhoods. Because of these outdoor walks and the activities that they allow, Chattanooga is a beautiful, thriving town with many activities for families to choose from at absolutely no cost. Rich and poor, black and white mingle constantly in the vast public areas. Perhaps this is the reason that Chattanooga has been affected far less by the economic downturn than most areas. Maybe conservative talk-show ranters, who have framed the ARTWalk project in a negative way and who specialize more than anything in ignorant, reactionary ramblings designed unfairly to infuriate their culturally limited, white listeners, have a look at Chattanooga. The conservative ranters are a perfect example of those who have no understanding of the subtleties of human nature and the importance of the nuances of culture. If designed well, ARTWalk will pay off for everyone in ways that are beyond the understanding of conservatives, who tend to have very little gray area in their reasoning abilities. Let the Mayor of Rochester do his thing for his community. It's not as simple as a choice between more cops or more art.

Jun. 13 2009 11:02 AM

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