Graffiti: Is Tagging Affect A Community?

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The U.S. has over 33,000 gangs with 1.4 million members claiming for a territory by doing crimes such as fights, racketeering, and principally by graffiti on the neighborhoods walls. Graffiti is used by criminal cliques to mark territory, send a message to a rival gang, and to communicate. They claim territory that belongs to a particular community that is composed by families and people who work hard for their living. When a gang mark his territory by tagging affect our community because they promote violence and disorder to our children, their tagging makes neighborhoods seem repulsive because it gives a perspective that the suburb is unsafe, and it’s too expensive to a community to recover from the so called art because. Becoming a member …show more content…
In the article ‘’What is Graffiti’’ the author uses as reference the Broken Window Theory on how graffiti contributes on the looking of a neighborhood ’’If not immediately removed, graffiti sends out a message that "nobody cares" about the area. It also causes the area to look unsafe and makes people concerned about their personal safety. This creates an open invitation for more littering, loitering and other graffiti. Unfortunately, it may also lead to an increase in other crimes and acts of violence.’’ tagging would influence people to have a bad perspective on the community where it’s located and people might want to avoid that particular vicinity. This can also affects the economy of that specific area because there would be less tourists because people would be scare of that community. According to Cynthia Myers article ‘’ How Gangs Affect Local Stores’’ articulates that ‘’Gang violence makes people afraid to get out and shop. Tourists avoid gang areas and don't patronize businesses there. Respondents to the National Youth Gang Center survey reported going out of their way to avoid areas where gangs operated. As a store owner, you won't benefit from casual shoppers who might stop in on a whim. If you live in an area where drive-by shootings and gang violence prevail, you might lose all your customers’’ she list few examples on how criminal activities affect our society. The way our neighborhood …show more content…
Tagging affects a vicinity because it makes seem unclean and filled of apprehension because it makes people know that criminal activities are due in that particular area. The article ‘’Graffiti’’ says that ‘’Graffiti costs taxpayers a great deal of money in a variety of ways, critics complain. The funds that must be allocated to cleaning up graffiti, they say, could be better spent on education, roads and parks. According to detractors, graffiti can also drive down property values and cause entire communities to lose money by discouraging potential residents or business owners from settling there or even visiting. Furthermore, cleaning up graffiti is a particularly onerous expense for small-business owners, critics say… David Heller, a small-business owner in San Francisco, told the San Francisco Chronicle, "I've got to look clean, I've got to look professional. My business got tagged. My windows got etched. It costs $1,200 to clean and paint it.’’ people like David Heller who work for their living get affected by the graffiti because they’re paying taxes and those fines are used to recover from a tagging rather than trying to get better education or other problems that is facing that particular

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