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 […]