Graffiti on the Beltway: Should it be removed?
To anyone driving along the Beltway in Maryland, the graffiti on the railroad overpass just before the Mormon Temple is a familiar sight. The writing, "Surrender Dorothy," frames the temple in the distance. Although graffiti is frowned upon, it tends to elicit less of a negative response when it's pleasing.
Take, for example, the Gaia mural which used to reside on the wall of a Whole Foods in Northwest. The simple act of painting over a mural drew a greater reaction than the work itself. Last week, TBD published a gallery of graffiti on the Metro. As for the Beltway graffiti, it seems that maintenance crews have stopped painting over the writing, as it has kept popping up since its debut in the 1970s.
This leads to two questions: Does the graffiti along the Beltway liven the commute, and if so, should we look the other way when it comes to "artistic" graffiti?
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