Graffiti and the progressive vision for San Francisco
|OMG, it's a picture by Jim Herd|
You know Nevius has hit a nerve when there are more than 500 online comments on his column, almost all of them agreeing that something more needs to be done to deter these vandals.
I can fill in some of the blanks on graffiti/tagging as an art genre:
Former District 5 Supervisor Matt Gonzalez allowed a so-called graffiti artist to deface his office walls at City Hall.
Supervisor Mirkarimi is more interested in organizing clean-up crews than preventing graffiti/tagging vandalism.
Tim Redmond, the executive editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, thinks graffiti vandalism is pretty cool, since it's really just "involuntary public art."
Young people in city schools are instructed in this form of vandalism.
The SF Weekly lauds a graffiti "artist" in a front page story.
There's a new coffee table book celebrating "San Francisco's street art."
Here's a video of Chicago's Guardian Angels taking down a tagger (from SF1st). Maybe SF could use some Guardian Angels to help local cops.
Encouraging vandals to deface public and private property in our city is only one aspect of the "progressive" vision for San Francisco. Some others:
City progs support Critical Mass, the monthly orgy of self-indulgence by the city's bike people that jams up city commute traffic for several hours on the last Friday of every month. Supervisor Mirkarimi supports Critical Mass because he thinks it somehow makes the city "more bicycle and pedestrian friendly."
City progs got upset when the organizers of the annual Bay to Breakers announced that this year they were going to crack down on the nudity and public intoxication---what progs call "fun"---that now characterize the race.
Guardian reporter Steve Jones thinks "true city living" should include accepting people shitting and pissing in our doorways. Jones thinks it's only a matter of time before the rest of the country catches up with SF on this "progressive" urban ethos.
And then there are "flash mobs" that trash the city for fun, leaving city workers to clean up and city taxpayers to pay the bill.