File this under: “Stuff We’ve Been Saying for Years.”
Or: It’s about time.
The digital media company Thrillist recently included Fresno in its list of the best cities in America for street art. Which means, for the sake of the Thrillist piece at least, Fresno ranks alongside Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Detroit (and Philly, Honolulu and Baltimore).
The piece mentions the Mural District and developer Reza Assemi, by name.
“Sometimes mural projects are led by artist collectives and/or community development organizations, and sometimes an enterprising developer sees the value in public art without needing to be approached by such collectives and organizations.”
Most times, and in the case of Fresno for sure, it’s actually a combination of all of those things. But, Assemi was as integral as anyone in leading the charge in Fresno, so I’ll let the simplification stand.