Street art debate challenges Lafayette's 'hipness'

November 15, 2014 5:01 AM

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Street art debate challenges Lafayette's 'hipness'

On a sunny, sleepy afternoon in May, Zach Medler, a 35-year-old street artist specializing in spray paint and paste-ups, looked around his city and sighed.

He walked down Ferry Street in downtown Lafayette and pointed to crumbling walls and boarded-up windows. There was the Lafayette Printing Co. building, whose wall facing the Fifth Street parking lot had large tan wooden boards covering its windows.

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