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Hoping A Vandalized Mural Becomes A Call To Action

Those who place graffiti in our communities have no respect for the neighborhood as a whole, or for the individuals in our community. Graffiti is a crime, and to stop graffiti vandalism we need to remind our youth that marking property without their permission is wrong. As described at www.DefacingAmerica.com , graffiti crimes require twelve billion dollars to repair each year. No surface is safe from graffiti writers.

June 14, 2012 at 12:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mayor Announces More Library Hours, Police Officers In Budget Revise

Restoration of the full graffiti abatement program is an important development. Congratulations! Graffiti vandalism is a crime of growing importance and we need to do more to stop and prevent such vandalism. The enormous clean-up and repair bill of graffiti crime is placing pressures on local government budgets. The graffiti vandalism also has a devaluing effect on neighborhoods. One study noted at www.DefacingAmerica.com showed a fifteen percent decline in property values in neighborhoods where graffiti was common. Although prompt removal and effective enforcement are important steps in reducing graffiti vandalism, they are by no means the most important. When we instill attitudes among youth that respect public and private property, only then will we reduce graffiti crime. The tagger graffiti is a worldwide epidemic, and it is the same in Budapest, Hungary as it is in London, England or Denver, Colorado.

May 27, 2012 at 10:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hundreds Of San Diego Newsracks Lack City Permits, Report Finds

The report is correct that graffiti, stickers and broken windows on about 30 percent of newsracks "tarnishes San Diego's image as 'America's Finest City". Graffiti control and prevention experts agree that prompt removal is essential. The Broken Windows Theory states that maintaining and monitoring urban environments in a well-ordered condition may stop further vandalism and the escalation into more serious crime. The theory was introduced in a 1982 article by social scientists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling. Recent works such as DEFACING AMERICA - The Rise of Graffiti Vandalism provide additional evidence to the validity of "broken windows."
Julius Zsako, http://www.DefacingAmerica.com

April 25, 2012 at 8:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Peaceful Occupy Protests Turn Chaotic In Oakland

Nobody is happy about the near economic meltdown we had in 2008, and the shrinking economic opportunities we have all faced. But vandalizing property isn't going to solve our problems.
Julius Zsako
Author: DEFACING AMERICA - The Rise of Graffiti Vandalism
http://www.DefacingAmerica.com

March 26, 2012 at 2:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Weekend Preview: Pairing Food With Art

What a neat public art project. These aerosol artists/muralists aren't practicing graffiti. Graffiti is uninvited and unauthorized whereas this public art is welcomed.
Julius Zsako
Author: DEFACING AMERICA - The Rise of Graffiti Vandalism
http://www.DefacingAmerica.com

March 26, 2012 at 1:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

DeMaio Presents Plan To Increase City's Use Of Volunteers

Great ideas! Starting an "extreme neighborhood makeover" program to clean up trash and remove graffiti is very valuable. As young kids participate in such tasks, they get an appreciation for the public realm and are less likely to engage in graffiti vandalism as they get older. The expense of graffiti can be seen in government line item budgets for personnel, trucks, power wash equipment, solvents, paint, rollers and brushes. It now totals $12 billion dollars a year in the United States! As documented at http://www.DefacingAmerica.com ,the devaluing impact of graffiti on our neighborhoods is far more devastating to residents and businesses alike than the ever growing clean-up cost. Properties often lose 15% of their value in places where graffiti is common.

Julius Zsako
www.DefacingAmerica.com

March 26, 2012 at 1:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Old Border Fence To Get A Second Life

Why is it that we glorify people who write graffiti by calling them "artists"? Regardless if you like or oppose the fence on principle, graffiti is vandalism. Graffiti is hugely expensive. The expense of graffiti can be seen in government line item budgets for personnel, trucks, power wash equipment, solvents, paint, rollers and brushes. As documented at http://www.DefacingAmerica.com , the devaluing impact of graffiti on our neighborhoods is far more devastating to residents and businesses alike than the ever growing clean-up cost.

March 26, 2012 at 1:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

SDMA And Writerz Blok Collaborate On Mural

"Graffiti Artists"? Don't you mean muralists? They are doing authorized and invited work which is by definition not graffiti. The cost of graffiti is enormous, and it has been on the rise for decades. As shown at http://www.DefacingAmerica.com , the expense of graffiti can be seen in government line item budgets for personnel, trucks, power wash equipment, solvents, paint, rollers and brushes. Yet the devaluing impact of graffiti on our neighborhoods is far more devastating to residents and businesses alike than the ever growing clean-up cost.

March 26, 2012 at 1:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tentative List Of Street And Sidewalk Repairs To Be Put Out For Bid Approved

It is unfortunate that you even have to submit bids for graffiti removal. The cost of graffiti is enormous, and it has been on the rise for decades. As documented at http://www.DefacingAmerica.com , the expense of graffiti can be seen in government line item budgets for personnel, trucks, power wash equipment, solvents, paint, rollers and brushes. Yet the devaluing impact of graffiti on our neighborhoods is far more devastating to residents and businesses alike than the ever growing clean-up cost.

March 26, 2012 at 1:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

SDMA's Writerz Blok Mural Unveiled

Are they really "graffiti artists" or accomplished muralists? Graffiti is unauthorized and uninvited. This project was invited the artwork. The cost of graffiti is enormous, and it has been on the rise for decades. As documented at http://www.DefacingAmerica.com , the expense of graffiti can be seen in government line item budgets for personnel, trucks, power wash equipment, solvents, paint, rollers and brushes. Yet the devaluing impact of graffiti on our neighborhoods is far more devastating to residents and businesses alike than the ever growing clean-up cost.

March 26, 2012 at 1:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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