If you can’t beat them, join them
Living in a downtown neighbourhood can be pretty frustrating at times. A group of neighbours at Ossington and Queen found that out the hard way. No matter how many times they painted their garage doors they were constantly being re-faced by unwanted graffiti.
Through a community initiative supported by the city and the Toronto Police, street artists were recruited to make over garage doors facing lane way with sanctioned murals which will not be considered graffiti by the homeowners or the city. Graffiti marred buildings can end up making victims out of victims when city bylaw officers issue tickets and clean-up orders to home owners who have been “tagged”.
The resulting lane way is an colourful and exuberant outdoor art gallery that is a draw for anyone who appreciates street art.
Read more about the initiative here.