After settling in to our Altona digs we went exploring the neighborhood. Right away we were confronted with a new street experience. Altona, despite it’s somewhat alternative and young lifestyle, was just plastered with graffiti and litter, far more than we had seen anywhere else. This place is a visual mess but pulsing with positive life.

Evening scroll

Evening scroll

Would larger cans help

Would larger cans help

Toward the Elbe

Toward the Elbe

As we were to find out in the coming days, graffiti was much worse in the harbor district and in the Reeperbahn than in Altona itself. Although a certain amount may be considered artistic in its way, the truth is that this is a major defacement of the cityscape. It plasters both the ugly and the beautiful. Parts of the city would be far finer places if this stuff were cleaned up. Today, there probably isn’t budget to get ahead of this degradation.

Doorway detail

Doorway detail

Inviting entry?

Inviting entry?

Slanting poll

Slanting poll

Harbor scene

Harbor scene

Junker

Junker

Colorful wrapping

Colorful wrapping

Art?

Art?

Brickwork

Brickwork

Inviting?

Inviting?

More art?

More art?

Along with graffiti, there’s also a lot of litter, posters, signs, and other stuff sticking, flapping and drawing attention to itself that should be taken care of. Not that you can’t find that kind of thing everywhere if you look hard enough for it.

Pole plastering

Pole plastering

Litter

Litter

Minor litter

Minor litter

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