If you want to beautify a facade, find a good artist. If the facade is falling off the building, the artist can wait. Find an engineer.
Mayor Becker's idea of luring artists to Racine, at taxpayer expense, perfectly illustrates our self imposed political problem, that is, our refusal to confront real problems.
Would Racine need to pay artists to take up residence in Racine, for example, if Racine had a crime rate of zero? No, of course not.
So Racine and its political leaders continue avoid the real problems. Real problems are difficult to solve. It is not easy, politically or otherwise, to address the rot behind the facade. But we must, if we care about Racine.