Title: River Agave Fencing (2004)
Location: River Road, between First and Campbell Avenues
This section of fencing is, indeed, pleasing to the eye. River Road has
been widened and straighted out of recognition in several spots, but
the sound barrier walls and handsome fencing go a long way toward
making the changes palatable. These agave leaves are one example of the
additions to the walls that give travelers a break from blank walls.
It's good to realize that we live in a community that cares about such
Why put up a boring old fence when you can have something like this?
The stylized agave leaves mixed in the straight lines provide some
texture while retaining a uniform look. As of late, Tucson and Pima
County have been making sound barrier walls along reconstructed
roadways that serve a dual purpose: one functional, the other making
pleasing to the eye. I think it says a lot about the community that
the cheapest utilitarian solution is not sufficient, and that the
populace wants more; they want, and deserve, an environment that is
inviting and stimulating. And while there is much about the widening of
River Road I do not like, this is not one of them.
© 2005 S. Halversen. All rights