Thursday, July 1, 2010

City should permit some graffiti artists

City should permit some graffiti artists: "There's a lot of bad attitude going around when it comes to graffiti, and it isn't all emulating from young punks who spray paint obscenities on private property. The greater graffiti problem is city hall's negative approach to what is a world-recognized art form.

Calgary fails to offer legal places for graffiti artists to practise their craft, and brushes all taggers with the same broad stroke of vandalism. Thankfully, bylaw chief Bill Bruce recognizes the ticket fines are astronomical, and is willing to stand up to council's get-tough approach by telling aldermen: it isn't working. There's much more graffiti today than in 2004, when city council hiked the fines to a minimum $2,500 and a maximum of $5,000. It went from 2,700 incidents reported on private property in 2005, to 6,500 in 2009, according to Bruce."