Carmel stops licensing new art galleries

Art is dead in Carmel — or at the very least, its growth is stunted.

With a glut of art in the idyllic seaside village — about four out of 10 businesses [out of a total of about 300] are art galleries — the Carmel City Council is taking action to prevent new galleries from springing up.

As expected, the council unanimously agreed last week to impose a moratorium on licensing art galleries in the city.

Here is the full story. Is this a public choice story of old galleries keeping out upstarts? A slow growth movement? A rebellion against the horrible aesthetic quality of so many contemporary Western landscapes? All of the above?

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