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Pamela Gould reports on City Hall. You can reach her at 540-735-1972 or pgould@freelancestar.com. Robyn Sidersky reports on city schools. You can reach her at 540-374-5413 or rsidersky@freelancestar.com.

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Fredericksburg ugly vs. Spotsylvania ugly

Today’s Spotsy & City Extra section includes a story about the fact that the barrier wall in the middle of Princess Anne Street at the train station is going to be painted. The wall’s fake, multi-colored stones have been deemed too ugly for the city’s Historic District. Here is a photo of that wall, courtesy of Matt Kelly’s blog (where you can find a little more commentary on the artistic statement this wall is making).

Train station wall

Just for comparison purposes, it’s interesting to note that this wall is considered ugly by city standards. However, just over the city limits in Spotsylvania, there is another wall that looks a lot more in need of a paint job than this one.

Route 3 wall

Just to be fair, a Spotsy official reports that there is a plan in the works to fix this wall, so stay tuned. 

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  • mydar

    the one perfect element to complete this odd obsession with the monumentally trivial is an editorial by Donnie Johnson . . .

  • spooncroon

    Clearly it is not the only topic she is covering, crankypants. It steams me to read comments like this. Take a few moments and review all the many, many topics this blog has covered, and add to that all the many, many city stories the reporter writes for the paper, and you’ll realize how inane a dig this is. Just because someone focuses briefly on a topic you find unworthy doesn’t mean that is “the only topic” ever covered. Sheesh. (And for what it’s worth, I found this blog posting interesting.)

  • EmilyBattle

    Hey, Mydar, I am right there with you. I can’t believe this took up 10 minutes at a City Council meeting, and I can’t believe how much attention this little barrier has gotten, and how many e-mails it has generated. But I’m a community journalist, and sometimes it’s my job to suck it up and write about the things my neighbors and readers care about, even if they’re not the most interesting things to me personally, because it’s not about me. Thanks for your comments, spooncroon. I assure you both this wall hasn’t taken up too much time over here.

  • mydar

    “Crankypants” ?

    What a slanderous and vile invective! I am acrimonious!!

    That I, a corporate scion, benevolent citizen, galloping philanthropist and former Luftwaffe pilot should be subject to this kind odious labeling is outrageous! I will not take this vicious attack on my otherwise sterling character and good posture lightly.

    You shall forthwith, be hearing from the law firm of Zigginbop, Woolworth, Hotchkiss & Flugelhorn regarding possible legal action in defense of my good name. (commence trembling in anticipatory fear Mr Spooncroon — if that is even your real name — for the motto of HWH&F is, “No Prisoners!)

    Good day sir.

    I said GOOD DAY Sir!!

  • mydar

    “Crankypants” ?

    What a slanderous and vile invective! I am acrimonious!!

    That I, a corporate scion, benevolent citizen, galloping philanthropist and former Luftwaffe pilot should be subject to this kind odious labeling is outrageous! I will not take this vicious attack on my otherwise sterling character and good posture lightly.

    You shall forthwith, be hearing from the law firm of Zigginbop, Woolworth, Hotchkiss & Flugelhorn regarding possible legal action in defense of my good name. (commence trembling in anticipatory fear Mr Spooncroon — if that is even your real name — for the motto of HWH&F is, “No Prisoners!)

    Good day sir.

    I said GOOD DAY Sir!!

  • Brian

    I can almost see Willy Wonka right now. Thanks for the laugh.