Street art, graffiti not the same thing
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