The argument is all-too familiar - public art is nice but we don't need it and we can't afford it.
The Atlantic Cities
rebutts this claim with specific examples of how public art has contributed to a community's bottom line.
"The intangible benefits of public art—aesthetic beauty, cultural interpretation, education, inspiration, and general improvement of the urban environment—are well-known. But because these are considered "soft" benefits, they are sometimes dismissed as a low priority, especially during challenging economic times. However, experiences in Los Angeles show that public art can be a source of publicity and cash income, as well as beauty."
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