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.