It was a Saturday afternoon in early June in a quiet neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.
As I walked home from work on a bright summer day, I had a good view of the busy street art scene.
On the horizon was a group of street artists in a tent.
There was a line of people standing on either side of them.
A few cars parked behind them.
The crowd was quiet.
I walked away from the tent to see the street art and decided to ask the people in the line of cars what they were doing.
“Just being alive,” one woman replied.
Another woman responded: “What?
No one should be living like this?”
She didn’t want people to stop painting.
She was not alone.
A number of people in Portland have joined the movement to preserve their art.
As the world around them changes, the city is facing a new challenge.
Portlanders want to preserve and create their street art as they see fit.
They are worried about what happens when the art is taken down or destroyed, and the city must do its part to protect it from being destroyed.
It’s a sentiment shared by people in a number of cities across the country, and it’s a trend that seems to be growing.
The rise of street art has prompted artists to take the fight to their local governments.
In Los Angeles, Los Angeles Street Art Coalition launched a campaign to protect their art, even though it has been banned by the city.
“It’s not like L.A. is a safe city,” says Pauline Ponce, the group’s executive director.
The coalition has been fighting the ban for more than two years, with some victories.
In February, a coalition of artists in Los Angeles won a victory when the city council voted to pass a new ordinance that bans “any use or exhibition of a street art that has a direct and visible connection to graffiti, vandalism, destruction of property, destruction or damage to a building, or other vandalism that would threaten the health, safety or property of others.”
Ponce says that the city should allow for a limited number of temporary installations that have a positive effect on the neighborhood, including the installation of street signs.
“The artists are saying, ‘You know what?
We’re not going to let this thing get taken down,'” Ponce told me.
“I don’t think anyone wants to have to put up a sign, or they want to get rid of their street, but we don’t know what’s going to happen when it’s gone.”
Pone says that while it’s too soon to say how many installations will be saved, the coalition has collected about 50 to 60.
But the coalition is not alone in its effort.
“We’re not really doing a lot of outreach,” says Jennifer Jones, the executive director of the New York-based street art collective MURICA.
MURica, a group that includes artists and other community members, began to lobby the city of New York City to allow temporary installations.
Mursa Ali, who leads the group, is worried about the potential for vandalism in the future.
“What we are doing is taking a street and putting up a little sign saying ‘No’ and then we’re going to get a big sign up and say ‘Yes’ and a bunch of people,” Ali told me during a phone call.
“But then we’ll be in trouble because somebody else can get ahold of it and spray paint it.”
The message that street art gives people is that it’s not just about the graffiti, it’s about the people who are going to paint it, Ali says.
“That message is really important for the street.
And we’re taking it to our city and to our state.”
Street art advocates say the fight for street art is not just a battle over street art; it’s also a fight over the future of street life.
“People are being really critical and critical of street culture,” Ali says of her group.
“And we’re trying to push back against it, to say, ‘Look, we don´t like this.
We want this kind of art to exist.
We don’t like this kind.
We just don’t feel that it should be in the city.'”
Street art in the United States has been in decline for decades.
While the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy have seen significant growth in street art over the past several years, in the U.S., the trend is in decline.
The number of art exhibitions in the country has been declining for years.
A 2012 study by the Center for Art, Culture and Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania found that the number of street arts in the US declined from 2,842 in 1980 to 1,726 in 2012.
While many of the artworks in the American art market are created by people who live and work in the cities, the majority of street work is not.
According to the report, “In 2010, less than 2 percent of all