Plywood started appearing on store-fronts and restaurants as soon as the shelter-in-place order was announced. That was scary. Was there really reason to think people would start breaking in and taking things? Early on there were a few burglaries, mostly wine and liquor taken from bars.
In this dark moment, artists came to the rescue. Even though they were declared "non-essential" they made our lives a bit brighter and more bearable. For instance, these mousies started popping up around town, saying and doing different things each time.
Some stores have let art happen. Others have hired an artist to make the streetscape more bearable:
I thank the health-care workers. I thank the governors. I thank my neighbors who wear masks. I thank the artists.