I believe this to be a mistake. We have a similar way of looking at things in Mexico, that if we have a serious problem, the way to combat it is to legalize it.
So far, we have legalized prostitution, which has it in its regulated zones. The thought behind this was that if it’s there, it won’t be other places. Well, from what I’ve been told, it is indeed thriving in the designated áreas. However, it did NOT stop prostitution in other places. In fact, it seemed, if anything, to make matters worse.
I’ve never seen so much open prostitution in all my life as I have right here where I live.
Now, the city officials got the idea to use this same (failed) idea to try against graffiti, here. So again, the rationale was that they would designate “graffiti áreas” and regulate it. Okay, again, graffit, like prostitution, proliferated in these legal áreas. However, like with prostitution, it did NOTHING against graffiti in the rest of the city. In fact, the city is positively plastered with it!
Oh yeah, and some here thought they could also do away with the Mexican mafia by the legalization of prostitution, as well. I can only tell you not only has it not seemed to be affected in the slightest way by this, that sadly, it’s as strong, or stronger, than ever.