Fight Crime with Art

This is pretty cool. The Las Palmitas neighborhood in Mexico launched a project to transform an entire hillside of homes into a giant, colorful mural. Coincidentally crime has dropped by 35% at the same time... not a bad tradeoff!  Watch the video below:

A youth organization that’s been known to use graffiti as a means of expression has teamed up with the government of Mexico to rehabilitate Palmitas, a town in the Pachuca district. Under the moniker “Germen Crew,” the group painted 209 houses, or twenty-thousand square meters of facade, into a single rainbow mural.

According to streetartnews, the impact has been extremely positive: 452 families, or 1808 people, were affected by this project, resulting in violence amongst youths being entirely eradicated. The group, whose name literally means “germ crew,” have made community involvement a priority, which could partially explain the good results.

Learn more about Germen Crew on their facebook page or on instagram @germencrew