In public housing projects, there is a term called the "broken window" policing where the government turns a blind eye to improving the quality of living in dilapidated neighborhoods which causes these areas to be deemed "unsafe" and "disorderly" and allows for heavy policing and arrests targeting the people living in these communities. One of the contributing factors to Akai Gurley's passing was the limited amount of light in the stairwell where he encountered Peter Liang. Here I decided to depict Akai's name in lights in reference to that. Akai's family and friends also said that he always wanted to be famous, so here is a way for his family to see his name in lights.
Designed by Leslie Xia