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    January 12, 2006

Graffiti in Toledo - I am not referring to Mike Ferner, but I have noticed a substantial increase in graffiti around town. In particular, there seem to be new spots on the Anthony Wayne Trail going into downtown, and on some of the new 280 structures.

I donít know the meaning of many of these vandalisms, if they are anarchy or racist or gang related. What do you think? Are these leftovers from NSM, or is Ferner motivating people to express themselves?

Are there any ideas on reducing this graffiti? Would it make sense to not allow stores to sell spray-paint to anyone under the age of 18?

What annoys me about graffiti is that the city just paints over it, which looks unsightly. Wouldnít it make for sense to power wash it off or sandblast it?

I think the penalty for graffiti/vandalism should be quite severe. I remember a couple of years ago after dealing with a whole summer of road construction and seeing graffiti less than a month later, thinking that those who ruin a whole summers worth of work have to be the lowest form of life.

posted by lloyd to commentary at 2:28 P.M. EST     (4 Comments)


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I see it as kids (Ferner included) being kids.

If/when caught, they should be put to work removing graffitti...

posted by Hooda_Thunkit at 05:34 P.M. EST on Thu Jan 12, 2006     #



I see new, more intense gang wars on the way. . .
posted by MemyselfandI at 10:33 P.M. EST on Thu Jan 12, 2006     #



I donít know the meaning of many of these vandalisms, if they are anarchy or racist or gang related.

I see new, more intense gang wars on the way. . .

Google up "tagging" with respect to "graffiti".

posted by anonymouscoward at 04:37 A.M. EST on Fri Jan 13, 2006     #



Graffiti: a symbol of contemporary urban life (yeah, I know, other places too and it probably has some hieroglyphic historical roots). I am envious that I donít posses the artistic and creative skills for much of the fabulous art graffiti Iíve seen. Tagging, on the other hand, is also a mark of urban mentality with a punk-ass and often territorial pissing ground gang twist. It is another example of an underclass activity that costs taxpayers money, and as Lloyd had pointed out, it has its aesthetic costs too. What do we do about? As with so many social issues, severe penalties and prohibition donít seem to work. We tolerate it and continue to pay and pay and pay.
posted by Offshore at 09:51 A.M. EST on Fri Jan 13, 2006     #



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