The city says it puts pricey public art pieces in facilities that aren’t accessible to the public because it has to — the funding anchors the art to the site. But a closer look reveals the city might be overly cautious in its approach and that locating the art in nearby locations where the public might actually get to enjoy it could be within the rules after all.

Hillcrest and Mission Valley are getting new fire stations, but neither will come with public art. The city of San Diego has a policy requiring 2 percent of the cost of city construction projects be spent on public art. So when new city buildings like fire stations, libraries, pump stations, lifeguard stations and water facilities are […]

Hillcrest and Mission Valley are getting new fire stations, but neither community will get the public art that typically comes with those type of city projects. In 2011, former Mayor Jerry Sanders temporarily suspended a policy requiring 2 percent of the cost of city construction projects to be spent on public art, and San Diegans are only just now seeing the effects of that decision.

Over the last decade, the airport has gotten super serious about its art. In 2006, it adopted an ambitious arts master plan and has garnered international acclaim for its approach, which focuses on pieces tailor-made for the space. And in case you’re wondering, the airport has similarly rejected nautical and hot dog-themed art.