Fat City Graffiti
Posted on 5 Jun 2008 by Jason Keath
This entry was cross-posted at DesignCharlotte.org.
The Fat City Lofts developers are sponsoring “The Graffiti Exhibition” on Friday from 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at 3100 N. Davidson St., Suite 104. Visitors can examine graffiti artists’ conceptual ideas for covering a wall of the residential-retail building and vote on their preferences. Five participating artists plan to paint the seventy-foot-tall wall that faces the Uptown skyline. (Read more in the Charlotte Observer).
date: Friday, June 6
time: 9:30 p.m.
Those of you who remember the old venue of Fat City Deli know how unique it was in character and the culture that it helped to foster in NoDa. As Fat City Lofts (more images below) near completion, I am glad to see their proprietors looking for community involvement in paying homage to the old Fat City.
These lofts are by no means a replacement for the original Fat City, and I am not even sure if they will include anything resembling a music venue. However, I think they will be a value-add to NoDa. More young residents, an attempt to retain some of the funkiness of the neighborhood, and more commercial/retail space will only contribute to continued growth in NoDa.
Let’s be honest: once an area becomes hip and funky, the developers will soon follow. In my opinion, the best thing is to do your part in making sure the culture grows with the buildings.
“Five artists, including some who painted the original designs on the building, will display their creative concepts Friday night at a NoDa event where people can vote on their preferences.
No matter which design is selected, [Doggett Advertising’s Heather Coggins] said, the artists will work together to paint the side of the 70-foot-tall building that faces the uptown skyline.
Fat City Lofts, which includes 26 condos and 8,000 square feet of street-level retail, is the latest example of the neighborhood’s transition from restored mill houses to commercial and multi-family development.”