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MAR 22, 2013 - Fast Company

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Graffiti Vigilantes Have No Problem With Paint, Just Poor Grammar

The streets of London are no longer safe for graffiti…that has typos. The Broken Windows Theory, perhaps most prominently written about by Malcolm Gladwell in The Tipping Point, proposes that if a potential criminal sees evidence of crimes already committed in an area, he’s that much more likely to commit them. Broken windows in a building are likely to inspire people to care less about what else happens there. This theory was widely applied by the New York City Transit Police in the early-'90s to crack down on folks who graffitied trains. If every tagged train was scrubbed ... Read More

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