Saving face: Asheville’s great graffiti scare

The city’s current tack amounts to exploiting artists’ work while ignoring them and pushing societal homogeneity. There’s a better way. Photo by Zen Sutherland. “It’s a waste of time debating the merits of illegal graffiti,” says Gus Cutty, a local muralist and street artist, but that has not stopped the argument from raging on. Of course, there are always at least two sides to every debate. When it comes to the subject of graffiti there are lots of voices shouting about why this art form is cause for grave concern. As reported in an Asheville Citizen-Times piece about the ongoing argument, the perspective of city officials and many area property owners is that graffiti leads to more graffit

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