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July 31, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Graffiti covers shine of movement

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Regarding the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas, “Movement afoot to reinvent downtown,” I agree with the letter writer that “The Las Vegas Movement” has begun. Still, problems abound.

I was in town recently and thrilled to visit the Smith Center for the Performing Arts for the March 6 New York City Ballet Moves program. What a brilliant show — and in such a gorgeous venue.

However, as I walked under the tunnel from downtown Las Vegas to the Smith Center, I couldn’t help but notice the inflammatory graffiti scribbled on the tunnel wall. Also, during my bus ride from the Strip to downtown, ugly graffiti spray painted on downtown businesses was evident.

Were I a potential business owner, I would be cautious about starting up downtown.

According to the New York Division of State Police website, graffiti “costs American communities more than $8 billion per year.”

The city and the community need to get tough in dealing with this problem.

Otherwise, the Las Vegas Movement may encounter more than a few bumps and delays along the way.

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  1. The difference between art and graffiti is permission. Without the latter, permission, it's a crime. Catch and prosecute the offenders. As punishment, make them clean it. Not just their own but others.

    Carmine D

  2. Graffiti is a form of protest from those that think they never will be able to afford the finer things in life. Those that are looking for a free ride will attempt to destroy it for all others who do enjoy the better side of life, and work to get it.

  3. "According to the New York Division of State Police website, graffiti "costs American communities more than $8 billion per year."

    Tulanian -- how is anything the New York State Police say even remotely relevant here? If that's all it takes you to keep you from doing business here, try Iowa. Maybe it's safe enough for you there.

    "Graffiti is a form of protest from those that think they never will be able to afford the finer things in life."

    samspeaks -- how would you know?

    "Hell is other people." -- Jean-Paul Sartre from his 1944 play "No Exit"

  4. By KillerB,

    Samspeaks-- "how would you know"?

    How would you know any different? At 8 billion per year cost to American communities. Tell us what you think graffiti really is?