The Defacement of Public Buildings and How to Get Rid of This Problem

Graffiti has always been somewhat of a problem within cities and towns. In places where there are buildings, houses, fences and public structures; individuals will find a way to deface them. They use artistic expressions, gang symbols, group insignias and other forms of artistry to tarnish a building’s surface. Keep reading to find out more about graffiti and how communities deal with this problem. 

How Do Most Communities Feel About Graffiti? 

Most communities take two basic stances on graffiti. The first stance has to do with the prevention and elimination of graffiti. Many property owners who have buildings do not like them dilapidated with unauthorized paintings or drawings. This brings down the value of the structure and causes a building to lose it aesthetic appeal within its surroundings. Keep in mind that cities have been designed to look a certain way and graffiti can significantly interfere with their environmental design. 

According to, many people believe that graffiti is a form of vandalism because its ability to reduce a structure’s value. Another group of people think that graffiti is art and that it is okay for people to express themselves through this form when it is done through a controlled environment. Still, the prevailing attitude toward graffiti is negative. Many communities simply do not want is around. 

Graffiti and Its Affiliation with Street Culture and Declining Neighborhoods

Most people view graffiti negatively because they often associate this activity with criminal activity, gangs, street culture and with neighborhoods in decline. Graffiti has always been an activity affiliated with counter culture. Wikipedia states that the music form hip hop uses graffiti as one of its main tenants which defines this subculture. Many gangs use graffiti to mark their territories and criminals or vandals also use graffiti to intentionally destroy a building. Graffiti is often seen in rundown communities or in areas of a city that is inhabited by poor people. When people see graffiti many of them believe that a community has declined or is on its way to going downhill. This is another reason why so many towns and cities limit the presence of graffiti. 

Measures for Eliminating Graffiti 

Certain non-profit groups and community organizations are typically formed to deal with the problem of graffiti. These organizations typically have its members to remove graffiti from throughout a community. Some courts will even assign people that have been convicted of this crime to a graffiti removal organization. Groups like Graffiti Wipeout is one of many organizations that serves this purpose. There are pro-graffiti programs that anti-graffiti organizations endorse. These programs are designed to encourage graffiti in designated areas. This is a positive way for graffiti artists to express their talent without defacing public property. 

Graffiti is often showcased in art galleries when there are artists that display amazing talent. Museums and art suppliers will even play a role with deterring graffiti when they see exceptional artists with skills. They can help these individuals to express their artwork through approved outlets and some are able to receive a public showing for their work. Graffiti is not the best way for people to express themselves. However, it can be a great way for artists to show off their artistic ability when they use approved outlets created for this purpose.