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Port: You can’t just do art without the government’s permission

A mural on the front of the Lonesome Dove bar in Mandan which local officials say is illegal.

Recently I read an article from Reason about a pizzeria in Arlington, Virginia, which came under fire from local government because the mural they paid to paint on their business featured pizza.

The mural included pizza because the business, you know, sells pizza, but apparently that’s against the rules. “Under Arlington County’s sign code, no mural painted on the outside of a business may depict the products sold inside,” Reason’s Christian Britschgi reported.

I read that and laughed. Those crazy Virginians, am I right?

Only, today I read in the Bismarck Tribune that a business in Mandan is having almost exactly the same problem.

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