Vandalist: Graffiti Deconstructed
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Vandalist: Graffiti Deconstructed

Gentrification: 1, Graffiti: 0


BY: Unknown
LOCATION: Queen and Dovercourt
PHOTO BY: Patrick Cummins
FIELD NOTES: Toronto is crazy for condos. This has caused something of a stir with locals, especially in areas where strong cultural identity is being quickly and carelessly replaced with shiny expensive knockoff attempts at culture. Like, say, along Queen West where painfully generic condos boast such names as “Bohemian Embassy,” “Edge,” and “Epic.” Often, decommissioned pre-condo walls give graffiti artists opportunities to paint without fear of repercussion, and the results can be outstanding. Unfortunately, while the graffiti is great, this is not one of those walls. Running between CAMH and Abell Street, this alley has been a known hot spot for vibrant graffiti for quite some time. This new development will almost certainly put an end to that, becoming another factor that whitewashes the neighbourhood culture that attracted developers in the first place.

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