The Scene

At Writerz Blok in southeastern San Diego, kids and adults paint graffiti on giant panels set up on a dusty lot.

What It Means

The program, funded by the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, tries to divert vandalism and crime by providing a safe and legal place for graffiti artists to paint.

Why It Matters

Writerz Blok’s staff says such a place is especially important at a time when law enforcement has stepped up enforcement of graffiti, and changes in the law have made it a more serious crime.

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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