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Jul 12, 2012 12:15 AM

Artwork on construction fences removed

This is an update to a story that aired on June 8. Click here to watch the original report from News 4 Tucson's Erika Flores.

TUCSON - Federal regulations forced the City of Tucson to remove artwork from Modern Streetcar construction fences.

"Local artists on the fence give it more flavor," Marissa Andazola said. "That's what 4th Avenue is known for, is its flavor and its character."

Because the project is partially federally funded, the work site has to follow federal guidelines. People have to be able to see in, out and around the construction, according to Michael Graham, a spokesperson for the City of Tucson.

Local businesses that have been hurt by the construction appreciated seeing the artwork.

"I actually loved it," Delectables Restaurant and Catering General Manager, Christopher Baldwin said. "I felt very much like it was individuals and maybe small businesses taking over the energy of the fence."

The construction has caused about a 30 percent drop in business, according to Baldwin.

"I and many others of us have grown to kind of resent the fence," Baldwin said. "There's something funny about it. We're really looking forward to it coming down."

The artwork was given back to the artist who organized the effort, according to Graham.

The fences will be coming down sooner, but the Streetcar is expected to start running late next year.

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