Advancing Places: Graffiti and Murals

Overview: Unwelcome graffiti can significantly affect the perceptions of cleanliness and safety in a district. Questions surrounding who is physically responsible and economically liable for removal can cause confusion among urban place leaders, business owners and local government officials. This session will explore how three graffiti removal programs were established and maintained to positively impact their district. Hear from experienced panelists who have refocused their efforts towards new public art programs and successfully changed the narrative surrounding graffiti in their district.

October 30, 2020 | 11:15am ET (8:15am PT) 

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Domain: Public Space Management and Operations

Pricing: IDA Members: Free | Nonmembers: $40

Advancing Places is an online series aimed at empowering IDA members with the solutions needed to address the most critical urban issues of the day. This session will include a moderated Q&A and will be recorded for member and nonmember use in the future.


  • Jeff Bray, Executive Director, Downtown Victoria Business Association (Victoria, BC)
  • Amy Geren, Program Director, Portland Downtown (Portland, ME)
  • Paul MacKinnon, CEO, Downtown Halifax Business Commission (Halifax, NS)


  • David Downey, President & CEO,  International Downtown Association



Jeff Bray


Amy Geren


Paul MacKinnon

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