Art Alley: it's one of those places you either love or hate. Lately, the conversation regarding the colorful alley, which connects 6th and 7th streets in downtown Rapid City, centers on its future.
Should it be whitewashed and done away with, or managed and closely monitored to keep undesirable graffiti and other trouble out?
At a public discussion put on by the Rapid City Arts Council Wednesday night, the views on what to do with the alley in the future were mixed, but the issues were clear. Artists don't want to lose their public canvas and business owners don't want their property damaged.
"If we keep this place open so that artists can come together and communicate together then we can all grow and make it a positive thing," Art Alley artist Tyler Read said.
"There's other things happening in Art Alley," downtown business owner James Taylor said. "Kids are getting the roofs – that's alright except almost every roof in the alley has been damaged," he continued.
About 80 people attended Wednesday's meeting.
At the next city council meeting, Mayor Kooiker and council members will discuss the idea of creating a task force to deal specifically with the future of Art Alley.