Wesley Flexner wrote:
I think my point is that i understand your point.
But i also don't think graffiti really is economically devasting to a business as you seem to think..
Stan and Kilroy have been looking for a good time over 100 years..
and it hasn't driven anyone out of business..
I know what you mean, but I disagree. While it may not be the graffiti alone, if someone has to spend $200+ out of pocket to clean up some shit, then that means that's $200+ they can't spend on something else. Sometimes if that something is rent or food, or if it keeps happening, most people will just give up.
and much like skating a ledge, graffiti makes the city a playground for the youth...
exactly - because most youths don't have to buy their own food, clothes, a place to live, etc.
Most people grow out of that shit - and frankly if someone is that into the culture, then legitimize it so that kids aren't being criminals - just like those examples you gave. Show kids that a cool graffito art can be done with approval by the property owners or have them do what I did - start painting on things that I owned, like big sheets of plywood that I could take with me to places and sell them to people who dug 'em. crazy.
What if it costs 200 dollars to clean up...but the youth drops 3000 a week into your place...
Its your choice...
I am not saying you should want your shit vandalized..
But I thinks its stupid to lose 2800 from being out of touch...
And I can't see any youth listening to me if I told them right off the bat not to skate a curb..
But I can see them listening to me if I show them how to document it, and go through the right channels to create something for themselves..
Which in the end will empower them more than insulting them cause I don't get it.