Graffiti complaints have increased in Seattle, Washington. The Americans consider the measures taken by the authorities insufficient to solve the problem, he said Fox News Digital.
Vandalism affected apartment buildings, billboards, shops and historic buildings. According to a resident of the city Vassi Skulis, she and her neighbors are forced to wash the walls of the inscriptions, as the administration does not impose any restrictions to prevent the activities of violators. “We have to pay for the damage caused by people who do not want to be part of our society,” said the US citizen.
Seattle resident Christine Villani also noted that graffiti makes her uncomfortable and the authorities virtually inactive. “These inscriptions are demoralizing. They seemed to have turned the city into a war zone. This situation is a demonstration that no one cares about what is happening – you can do anything, “she explained. Villani added that the unpunished damage to the walls of the buildings was a call for further destruction of the city. Former Seattle City Council candidate Ari Hoffman is convinced that graffiti is a means of communication for criminals. “It’s not just some guy who decided to write ‘Here was Jim.’ With the help of these drawings, gangs and dealers mark the territory, ”he explained.
According to Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), the amount of graffiti in the city has increased significantly during the pandemic. In 2021, the organization received 16.6 thousand reports of drawings on buildings – for comparison, in 2019, graffiti complained about 3.6 thousand times less. In 2021, the agency cleaned about 46.5 thousand square meters of soiled surfaces. SPU Public Information Officer Sabrina Register stressed that Mayor Bruce Harrell supports graffiti elimination initiatives.
In January, Pavel Krupnik became a deputy of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg offered to introduce uniform rules for the placement of graffiti and other street arts in Russian cities. He sent an appeal to the head of the Ministry of Culture Olga Lyubimova, in which he noted that there is still no universal approach to street art. According to Krupnik, the Ministry of Culture is able to develop a system of regulation of this area for the whole country. The deputy believes that this will allow more efficient design of Russian streets.