T: The purposeful street murals and art within downtown Atlanta discourages illegal activity and vandalism within the city
I. The purposeful street murals and art within downtown Atlanta discourages illegal activity
A. How does street art discourage vandalism?
1. Broken Window Theory: “disorder breeds more disorder within a neighborhood. For example, if an abandoned building is left with broken windows, more windows will be broken. Litter left uncleaned encourages more littering. Vandalism left un-fixed generates more vandalism, leading to crime, because it sends a psychological message that no one is in charge, or no one is there to bring order. ” – http://federalcriminallawcenter.com/2014/12/broken-windows-theory/
2. Street Art respected as a public piece/The line between street art and graffiti:
“artists who were adding an uncommissioned image that fitted into a street art aesthetic rather than a graffiti one reported that police officers and passers-by tended to assume that permission had been granted for the work.”
Avramidis, Konstantinos, and Tsilimpounidi, Myrto, eds. Graffiti and Street Art : Reading, Writing and Representing the City. Florence, US: Routledge, 2016. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 24 March 2017.
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