Graffiti is a problem that must be addressed. Kids doing the
tagging must be given a dose of reality. They must get the proper
education on how graffiti affects us as a society. Graffiti not only
effects the government's budget, but the graffiti artists are ultimately
paying for the clean up of graffiti through the taxes they pay yearly.
What many people do not realize is that graffiti effects everyone
regardless of whether they participate or not in the act of graffiti.
With billions of dollars being spent on the clean up of graffiti, taxes
rise to accommodate the budget needed for clean-up. If the problem
of graffiti is not addressed, the taggers will continue to deface and
destroy property with an "in your face" attitude, all the while
blaming others for their rejection. Until we find a way to help
educate children, parents, and teachers about the causes and effects
of graffiti, the problem will continue to expand across the country.
ĄThe government has made numerous programs that may aid in the
reduction of the amount of graffiti that is being done. Such
~Free walls: These walls are designed to have a place where
graffiti is legal so that people can go there to write instead of a
sound wall or a subway car. Unfortunately this program usually
backfires because graffiti artist do not have enough room on the
wall so they use other walls that are near-by. This causes a problem
with the local community and neighbors whose property is defaced.
~Assemblies: Local governments have contributed to the fight
against graffiti by hosting assemblies for elementary school
children to discuss the causes and effects of graffiti. These programs
have been very successful in making the kids aware of the problem