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Street Beautification in Chennai, India

August 2, 2011

Over the past several years the city of Chennai has made efforts to improve the aesthetics of their streets, painting vast murals along all the main roads, highlighting the cultural, traditional, and religious aspects of Tamil Nadu and India. I heard somewhere that this was started to discourage public urination, but I think it has been successful in changing the way people think about public space in several ways: whether it is urinating, or spitting paan, or littering, people seem to have much more respect for the painted walls than other areas. They also make the streets much more pleasant to travel, giving me something to look at while stuck in traffic on the packed city buses I would frequently travel on.


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