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San Antonio’s Street Art Initiative (SASAI) unveils the first project in a series of beautification initiatives is AREA Real Estate’s Midtown Station parking lot, and the results are incredibly dope! Curated by artists Shek Vega and Nik Soupè of Los Otros Murals, SASAI’s goal is to establish a city where street art is abundant and local street artists can showcase their works. The Midtown Station parking lot, below Interstate 35, has brought together 16 artists to create 16 unique art pieces on the highway’s columns. Other artist collaborators include Robert Tatum, Angela Fox, Cruz Ortiz, Andy Benavides, and Paul Garson.

It’s been several months since Hurricane Maria had devastated the island of Puerto Rico. While some parts of La Isla have recovered, the real crisis in Puerto Rico has only just begun. INTELIGENCIA has examined the facts, figures, and history of how the United States initiated exploitative and heartless fiscal strategies that sucked its only colony bone dry of necessary resources to be a functioning governmental entity.

The first time I heard Wiki speak at a media event on the Lower East Side, he’d lost three teeth after getting punched. On the floor with RATKING, Patrick Morales rhymed about being a “Piece of Shit,” and he meant it. He claimed his Nuyorican heritage with pride as he staggered—mic in one hand, brown-bag 40 in the other—grinning and bleeding through his set. Wiki was young sabotage waiting to implode, slamming the mic to his forehead and laughing about his damaged grill through anecdotes on his worthlessness.