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Window artists fight crime with color

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Artists are working to beautify vacant lots downtown - the art goes in the windows of businesses. Artists are working to beautify vacant lots downtown - the art goes in the windows of businesses.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

There's quite the unique crime-fighting effort underway in downtown Spokane. They’re helping combat crime with color. 

The program is called Window Dressing. While they’re helping with economic development, they’re also helping prevent crime. Since the installations went up at the Ridpath, the building has been hit four times with vandalism, but all the areas with art were left untouched.

The Window Dressing team dresses up the windows of vacant lots. 

“It just adds vibrancy and revitalization,” says Ginger Ewing, the director.

The art decreasing vandalism is something they've seen to be true already.

“I would've thought that people would've scratched their names in it,” says Ginelle Hustrulid, an artist working on one of the windows at the Ridpath about one of the installations. “It's been up for over a week and no one has done anything to it. People come up and appreciate it.”

And talking to people who pass by, they see them develop pride of place.

“I think people appreciate aesthetics and appreciate when things look beautiful and they want to honor that as human beings,” Hustrulid says.

The effort also encourages more foot traffic in the area, which is a benefit to neighboring businesses.

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