One Person's "Art" Is Another Person's Eyesore
A listener who works in Milwaukee's Walker's Point neighborhood sent me a photo of an approved "mural" which is visable from her office. With more than a hint of irony, she pointed out that when her company moved into the area, the City required that they install decorative wrought iron fences, plant shrubbery around the fence line and lay down new sod as part of an area "beautification project".
Illegal graffiti In Walker's Point has been declining lately. However, that has all started to change over the last few weeks.
A couple of property owners have allowed "artists" to spray-paint murals on the outside of their buildings. The murals also include areas where people can "tag", that is spray-paint, their signatures on the walls. Since the authorized murals went up, a number of other buildings in the area are now being "tagged" as well.
The City of Milwaukee is cracking down and claiming that the murals are non-permitted signage which must be removed. Area taggers are outraged.
Later today, we'll discuss whether the City is correct to crack down on these murals. In other words, is it "art" or is it an eyesore?