Street Art vs Graffiti

Casey McGannon, Staff Writer

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Between 17th and 18th down Valencia street in San Francisco lies Clarion Alley, a one block alley filled with murals. Decorating the walls of the alley are endless expressions of art, some political, some showing the hardships of poverty, and others simply grace the walls with their bold colors and intricate patterns. While some would argue that street art is nothing more than graffiti, it often carries a more meaningful message. Doug Rhodes, a San Francisco resident living in a building on Clarion Alley and the artist who painted the above mural, said, “ I’ve heard people complain because they think it’s graffiti ... or what they consider graffiti, they consider to be bad.”

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