Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Graffiti at the entrance to the Kenwood neighborhood in Montgomery County Maryland (on River Rd.)

Graffiti at the entrance to the Kenwood neighborhood in Montgomery County Maryland (on River Rd.)

Mostly an urban phenomenon (except in declining areas), it's rare to come across graffiti in DC's northern neighbor, Montgomery County, Maryland.

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At 9:43 AM, Blogger dan reed! said...

Maybe not in Kenwood, but there's a lot more graffiti than you'd expect in Montgomery County. It just may not be in the places you visit regularly.

At 9:58 AM, Blogger dan reed! said...

I don't mean to belabor the point, but you often have a lot of smart, insightful things to say about the evolution of suburban places like Montgomery County, but this just seems like a fallback on the old "rich white suburb" canard which is, like, 20 years past its expiration date.

To that end, here's some examples of graffiti in Montgomery County, courtesy of Flickr:

on the Capital Crescent Trail
at the Woodside Skate Spot, Silver Spring
on the Red Line in Silver Spring
in Burtonsville
more graffiti along the Capital Crescent Trail
in Wheaton
along the ICC Trail
more graffiti in Wheaton
under the Beltway
on another bike trail
at Montgomery College in Rockville

At 1:06 PM, Anonymous Richard Layman said...

it was really more the idea of people in Kenwood being shocked, shocked that there could be graffiti around their neighborhood...

... and the flip side of your admonition of me, that people in the suburbs think that this is an issue-problem "in the city" that they don't have to worry about.

But as you say, the twain is meeting...


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