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'Street' Art

The New Yorker analyzes a not-so-new trend: developers who incorporate street art and graffiti motifs into their luxury developments. Contradictory and hypocritical? Perhaps, but effective. "The complexes are made to look worn in order to appeal to buyers who crave a gritty urban experience. Meanwhile, the kind of graffiti for which New York is most famous —tags wallpapering subway cars and city walls —has largely disappeared. ... [It can come down to] the irony of recreating graffiti in the kind of hotel that is rapidly wiping out the city's countercultural spirit." [New Yorker]