We appreciate the complexity of this issue and that this article is creating a discourse about public spaces in Atlanta. One of the reasons we chose to work with the BeltLine project is that we viewed it as a means toward greater integration between the refugee communities and the greater Atlanta community. Our intention is to provide an opportunity for those who have been dispossessed from their own countries and often denied a voice a chance to participate in the spaces of their new community. We did not have any intention of disrespecting the work of or silencing the voices of graffiti artists; we value the contributions of street artists to urban spaces and the vibrancy of our community. Rather, we wanted to provide an opportunity for collaboration between various peoples and view points and appreciate all voices.
Megan Dunkelberg and Karen Cleveland
Creative Loafing Atlanta
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