Graffiti: Vandalism or Public Art?

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Cities struggle to understand the role that graffiti plays. Some argue that it is an illegal activity, damages private property and threatens the economic vitality of surrounding businesses. Thus, it should not be tolerated. Others argue that graffiti makes communities more vibrant, dynamic and interesting. By law, property owners must remove illegal markings. Failure to do so could even result in fines or property tax surcharges. Placing the onus on property owners to remove vandalism isn't exactly fair. This is why the approach to managing vandalism across Canada is slowly starting to change. Nevertheless, is it time to look beyond classifying graffiti as vandalism and see it perhaps as public art? Here's an interesting take on the debate by Fast CoDesign.

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