(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Zero graffiti for a beautiful city: the cultural politics of urban space in San Francisco

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

SHOBE H. (1) ; BANIS D. (1) ;
(1) Dept. of Geography, Portland State Univ., Portland, ETATS-UNIS


This article examines a case study of zero-tolerance abatement policies in San Francisco. It yields three main findings. First, zero-tolerance policy stimulates an anti-graffiti industry with vested interest in perpetuating an endless war for control of public space. Second, it may generate an unintended result—the proliferation of tags and other forms of graffiti that people tend to dislike the most. Third, they find little evidence that the general public shares the same desire for zero tolerance as the San Francisco Government. Ultimately, we believe that more nuanced readings of graffiti allow greater numbers of people to make sensible, local, place-specific policies


Article of periodic

published at : Urban geography / ISSN 0272-3638

Editor : Winston, Silver Spring, MD - ETATS-UNIS (1980)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 35, no4 [pp. 586-607]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 5 fig., 1 tabl.



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1080/02723638.2014.900961

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