How the Power of Art is Being Used to Fight Crime in Mexico

Mural Palmitas credit: Germen Crew

Art can be a very powerful thing. Just ask the residents of Palmitas in Pachuca, Mexico.

Palmitas is a small neighborhood with a big crime problem.

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Located in the Mexican state of Hidalgo, violent crimes have plagued the 457-family community.

Pachuca’s government has attempted to decrease violent crime in several ways.

Surveillance cameras and increased police presence have been implemented to curb violent crime. But you know what they say: if you look good, you’ll feel good.

Enter bad-ass street artists, Germen Crew.

Germen Crew

The municipal government in Pachuca hired the street artists to help beautify Palmitas.

First, they painted the neighborhood white.

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This is what it looked like when they were done.

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One word.

Awesome Supernatural

Now, Palmitas is home to the largest mural of its kind in Mexico.

Enrique Gomez, one of the members of Germen Crew, told Quartz: “The neighborhood is not the same as when we arrived. Now you can breathe colors everywhere.”

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The neighborhood’s new paint job is already being recognized around the world.

Want to see more? Here’s a video of German Crew working on the Palmitas mural.

Credit: Yoan Beltrán / YouTube

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