This is an extension of a movement that began some …

Comment on Raising the bar: the art of keeping your shop safe by Hal Duell.

This is an extension of a movement that began some years ago when residents decided that while the need for security had to be met, it could be met with creativity.
Drive around the streets, especially on the Eastside but more and more throughout Alice, and appreciate how many have have turned their front fences into positive statements. No longer are we only seeing the inhospitable look of blank high fences, but fences covered with vines, fences employing a creative line and innovative, but still effective, gates.
In a perfect world there would be no need for all this security. But in the real world, security is a real concern. OK, but that security doesn’t have to be ugly, and any effort to soften and beautify the line, while retaining the needed security, is to be applauded and appreciated.

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