What are the Effects of Graffiti?
Psychological Effect of Graffiti
Graffiti makes people feel that the neighborhood is being lost to gangs and lawlessness. If allowed to remain, graffiti becomes the first sign of urban decay, sending a highly visible message of lawlessness and a neighborhood unconcerned about its appearance. It instills fear and a feeling of vulnerability.

Economic Effect of Graffiti
When graffiti exists in a neighborhood, outsiders who may be considering opening a business or buying a home are likely to feel uneasy; they may choose to look elsewhere. Who wants to move to a blighted, decaying community? In addition, longtime residents and business owners may also think about relocating before it's too late!

Graffiti undermines community development, especially those efforts aimed at bringing in new businesses. Neighborhoods blighted by graffiti may find it particularly difficult to attract revitalizing investments. In addition to long-term effects, the immediate cost of removing graffiti can run into tens of thousands of dollars in private and public expense.

Graffiti attracts Graffiti
Taggers derive a certain excitement and thrill to tag in as many places as possible, and they often compete for recognition. Allowing graffiti to remain is equivalent to the "broken window syndrome" - leaving one broken window unrepaired will attract breakage in others as well.

In addition to being an attractive nuisance, graffiti also invites violence. Gang members intentionally deface other gangs' graffiti, perpetuating the cycle of violence. To allow another gang's graffiti to go unchallenged is contrary to the essence of gang philosophy.

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1. What Is the Law on Graffiti?
2. Who Causes Graffiti?
3. What are the Effects of Graffiti?
4. What is Eugene Doing to Fight Graffiti?
5. How Does Public Works Remove Graffiti?
6. What is the Huckleberry Patrol?
7. What Can I Do About Graffiti?