The Tattooed Town

In the latest episode of Nevada City’s “Perils of Planning” series, the new owners of the National Hotel dare to submit a proposal to paint their logo on the side of the building facing the entrance to town.

There has long been debate concerning the propriety of public art on the virgin walls of the Capitol of Nevada County, but neighboring Grass Valley embraced the concept long ago. Some may not agree with the results, but it cannot be denied that it has become the more colorful community.

As for the contention of Nevada City’s purists that signage has no place in the historical district, I offer these examples from an earlier time…

And then there is the Celio Barn, which city planners fought tooth and square nail to protect from the painter’s brush…

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