Social Design Isssue
MURALS. I see too many of them. Various community groups decide that a neighborhood needs to be spruced up, so they gather a bunch of children or maybe even hire a local artist, and they paint a gaudy mural on some blank stretch of wall. In doing this they feel they are giving back to the community and making the area a more pleasant environment for it's inhabitants.
Unfortunately they fail in both of their objectives. I don't think I've ever seen a mural that was tasteful in design or added anything positive to the general ambience. They always end up looking tacky to the max. And the presence of a mural in any community screams "poverty".
They don't serve any useful purpose, they only detract from any semblance of dignity. If community groups really want to help a neighborhood feel like a more friendly place, they need to come up with more relevant and less cliche methods then throwing some colorful paint on a wall.