Fighting Graffiti in Philadelphia (B)


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    When Wilson Goode becomes the first African-American mayor of Philadelphia, he must find ways to fulfill a particularly visible campaign pledge: elimination of the graffiti which mar public buildings throughout poorer sections of the city and particularly in the North Philadelphia black wards crucial to Goode's victory. This tells the story of a series of quite different compliance strategies pursued by a new city agency specifically created to curtail graffiti and housed within the mayor's office. The anti-graffiti effort first conceives the problem in social terms and initiates a series of efforts to deal with the "roots" of the graffiti problem, specifically the alienation and joblessness which may affect graffiti writers. Public pressure builds, however, for the city to adopt a more aggressive enforcement posture, viewing graffiti as a criminal act which must be swiftly punished.

    Learning Objective:
    The case allows for discussion of the nature of public compliance and how it is achieved.

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    Publication Date: January 01, 1993
    HKS Case Number: 1193.0
    Case Author: Harvey Simon
    Faculty Lead: Michael Barzelay
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 15
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 1-15
    _geography: US & Canada
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