“Meter Maid (W.I.P.)”
A work in progress: might as well let the spiders nibble on this for a bit. It's 2017! Time to look around, hear what folks are talking about, and sex it up like a fantasy pin-up artist! Post-apocalyptic (2018?) Bluette is back, and she's looking for violator blood! She'll take cash or coin to validate your parking— depends where you want to stuff your donation. Parking meter bustier and broken hubcap crown; what started as a series of turning various things into fashion is now a commentary piece of sorts.
Vigistry has been keeping up to date on the Downtown Waterville situation, depicting a fantasy passenger rail and publicly, Colby College's acquisition of property. But now this equal-opportunity artist is approaching things from a different angle. It's tough to hide what everyone's talking about. Today in downtown news: progress! Almost overnight we went from "no one wants to come here" to "there's no parking". With the notion of the rail alone costing about nine billion, never mind the train, bridge, and finery, it was a safe bet that all our cars wouldn't be leaving anytime soon. While this artist is most curious about how the City will meet its end goal of enticing pedestrians to tour and shop its downtown, the types of shops we can expect to see, and how much use there will be for a boutique hotel and another restaurant, motor traffic and parking is the hot topic of the day.
My opinion: Colby does a lot for the arts, and I love them for that. The notion of increased population through students will lower crime, too. They can potentially make Downtown Waterville a great place to live and work. The goals, perhaps, could have been more modular and strategic. Had Colby bought one dilapidated building, fixed it up, and put new businesses into it, that might have inspired others to do the same. If not, Colby could have bought another building and spruced that up, too— in my ideal world; I don't know what kind of business model Colby has to adhere to. Truth is: Colby bought several buildings and a parking lot, announced a new dormitory and hotel, proposed changing the entire traffic pattern of downtown with two-way Main Street, and a bunch of other things. It changes the perceived landscape of the future greatly, and it's not even clear at this time if all those things will work in harmony. I'm not to say that ambition is a bad thing, but consider the other players involved. With change being a natural human fear, the grandeur of the project makes some citizens skeptical, impatient, and prone to call Colby an evil empire, thus morale is lowered. A project like this needs excitement and reasoning. While I think the idea will turn out well in the long run, I personally think the public might have been served more than they can chew.
Hopefully common sense will prevail for the 2017 Renaissance with clear down-to-earth planning, public reasoning, and meter maids like Bluette who aren't afraid to bash someone's head open with a "no parking" sign. Why else are they made out of razor sharp sheet metal and not Nerf?