Recently over the course of 3 1/2 days, Steve Powers and ICY Signs painted an entire block of 37 abandoned rowhomes in Baltimore. Forever joined together, the buildings in the crime-ridden neighborhood are slated for demolition at the end of June. The words on the last house come from Mr Chris, a past resident of the neighborhood who in response to questions from concerned people about why he wouldn’t move from the dangerous block said “I am here because its home.” A Love Letter to Baltimore, indeed.
Early on the foggy Saturday morning of July 28th, 1945, a U.S. Army B-25 bomber on its way to Newark Airport crashed directly into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building. The building reopened two days later.
Graffiti is used to sell lots of things, of course. In the nineties, Nike and Coca-Cola began hiring well-known graffiti artists to paint large-scale murals and to help design advertising campaigns targeted at young people. Other industries—fashion, vodka, fast food—followed. But the real-estate industry’s use of graffiti is different; after all, taggers don’t vandalize sneakers. Historically, property owners and developers have tended to consider graffiti a sign of decay that lowers property values. But that was before people started finding grittiness really cool.
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