“It was many and many a year ago, in a kingdom by the sea..." Edgar Allan Poe
Cleaning up the area and hiding the trash cans would have been more than sufficient! What a shame to erase all that work and charm.
I am sure it was sold and was no longer a barbershop. It was an old favorite of mine.
Rather sad to see.
So it goes.
Is the business now called Whatever? That must have been an older image of the Barber shop. A) the pay phone , a pay phone, when was the last time one saw a Public pay phone??. Cell phones put the pay phone out of business. Barber shops are put out of business by home based, friends and family styling hair. Sugary sodas are bad for you and who has a pocketful of change anymore. --The trash cans certainly detracted from the mural. Perhaps, you can sell prints of the mural and donate the money to a Barber college educational tuition fund. Perhaps the white box will have a mural -- time to decide on the format and find the talent. Hang in there sister my town is changing too--- there goes the property value up and up so too the tax rate.
I don't know what the solution is. We can't let people buy buildings and tell them they can't paint them. We can't protect painted signs just because we think they are charming. We hope that people will appreciate the charm and quirkiness of Charleston and want to keep it and that doesn't seem to be happening. It is a sad loss. I hope new characters arise. Thank goodness for David Boatwright and current mural artists.
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