Street art, graf­fiti not the same thing

Montreal Gazette - - OPINION -

Re: “A pas­sion for street art” (Mon­treal Gazette, Aug. 26)

There is street art and then there is graf­fiti. The art shown in this ar­ti­cle should be en­cour­aged by city coun­cil­lors and busi­ness own­ers alike, while van­dal­ism should be pur­sued and en­forced.

How to do both at the same time? Tax cred­its for those who al­low the art to be placed on their fa­cades; tax cred­its, not tick­ets, to those who must pay to erase van­dal­ism from their prop­er­ties; and tax in­cen­tives for build­ing own­ers who in­stall sur­veil­lance equip­ment to catch the per­pe­tra­tors.

And fi­nally, when caught, stiff fines and com­mu­nity ser­vice for the of­fend­ers. And where the of­fend­ers are mi­nors, spe­cific leg­is­la­tion al­low­ing for easy pur­suit of the par­ents/cus­to­di­ans of the van­dal for dam­ages.

Bet­ter we en­cour­age more street art, while min­i­miz­ing van­dal­ism in the process.

Linda Ham­mer­schmid, West­mount

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