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Street dumpsters play a part in revitalizing Downtown Fargo

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FARGO, N.D. -- Art stamped on buildings, creativity is welcomed. It's part of Alley Fair's revitalization project of back spaces in Downtown Fargo. Even street dumpsters play a part.

"We have so far done three different dumpsters with local artists and commissioned them to create unique pieces that are left in the alleyways," said Alley Fair Planner Simone Wai.

Artist are paid for their time, energy and ideas to help beautify the back streets. 

As the city grows, so does downtown. Alley Fair has created a solution to utilize the alleyways and it's modeled from larger cities like Seattle, New York, even Europe geared to foot traffic not motors. 

"Because, there is only so much space in downtown we might as well use what we've got," said Wai. "And, as our city grows we're going to have more alley access for businesses."

The Alley Fair event is one way to highlight businesses that use back space as a front door entrance.

"Most people just walk right through them," said Alley Fair Planner Jenn Lambert. "So, it's kind of an opportunity for us to stop people and let them say 'hey these are the alleys you walk through everyday' and kind of see them in a new light."

The goal: to take what's already existing in the alleyways and transform it into something that would make people smile. 

"We just want to create a destination, create a little surprise and create a little happiness in the alleyways," Wai told Valley News Live.

The Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitor's Bureau has signed on to finance three more painted dumpsters. Wai told us the alleyway behind Broadway could have a total of five before the end of the year. 

After six months of planning, this years Alley Fair event will be held on September 20th. The location of the fair will be different from last year, it will be in the alleyway between 9th and 10th Avenues South sharing the backspace with Red Raven Espresso Parlor. 

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