New Orleans, Louisiana. The Grand Movie Theater has sat vacant for 10 years and its expansive walls have proved an irresistible and frequent target of graffiti attack.
Then Muralist Brandan Odums and other local artists decided to change the blight and negativity into a symbol of peace with an extensive mural. Odums has successfully created graffiti-styled murals on several other vacant buildings in New Orleans.
After four days of priming to cover the graffiti tags and prep the wall for the mural, the thanks from the local graffiti taggers was a fresh round of graffiti tags.
Two steps forward, one step back.
The hope is to have the Peace Wall completed in time for the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Graffiti Taggers Beware. The Fredericksburg Police Department is fed up with the significant increase in graffiti tagging in the community and has issues a $500 Reward for tips that lead to the arrest of a graffiti tagger. In 2014, there were 16 graffiti tags reported. In 2015, there have already been 55 reported cases of graffiti.
The reward give the taggers pause before they go out tagging in the future, but the recent arrest of a local graffiti tagger will have much more impact to deter them from creating more graffiti. This multi-pronged response to eliminate and reduce graffiti is a best practice and should lead to a reduction in the frequency of graffiti tagging.
Chris Campagna is a Chicago resident of Historic Pullman neighborhood. He is also and artist, a father, a advocate for his community, and very creative. When his garage door was spray painted with graffiti, he decided to turn it into a giant chalkboard for his kids and other kids in the neighborhood to draw on any time.
Brooklyn, New York - Based on the lack of complaints from local residents, the positive message of a rash of "Believe in Love" graffiti tags seems to have won some over. Does the message matter? How about a positive message tagged over a well established mural? How about on your building?
More at NYDailyNews.com including photos.
Flagstaff, Arizona - The City of Flagstaff Arizona is fed up with graffiti tagging. Without a city funded graffiti abatement program, the City is organizing volunteers to help remove graffiti. A small core of dedicated volunteers is already making an impact and more volunteers are applying daily.
"We'll try to keep this going for years by using volunteers instead of the spotty coverage we've done using dedicated groups. "We're purposely going slow. We're not trying to sign up 700 volunteers in one week. We're looking to grow responsibly, said Code Compliance Officer Tom Boughner
More at AZDailySun.com
Salt Lake City, Utah - A North Salt Lake graffiti tagger was arrested after police detectives were able to match graffiti tags with 150 photos of graffiti tags posted on the taggers's facebook page.
"As a graffiti artist, it appears that he was pretty proud of his work,” Gwilliam said, "They want to be recognized to a certain extent for their work. They are, generally speaking, very proud of what they do."
More at Deseret News
Bellville, Illinois - A new proposed ordinance requires property owners to be responsible for removing graffiti on their property within 14 days of notice by county officials with a fine of $75 to $750 a day for each day the graffiti remains.
More at KMOV.com St. Louis
Santa Barbara, California - After a four month investigation and good of detective work, Santa Barbara law enforcement were able to identify and arrest a graffiti tagger. He has been sentanced to 180 days in jail for his graffiti damage. Success is due to the detective assigned to the investigation who had experience with gang related issues.
More at Santa Barbara Independent
Chicag, Illinois - Five additional graffiti abatement officers were hired by the City of Chicago's Graffiti Blasters to combat graffiti. An additional 7,400 tags have been removed since the hiring of the new crew. Graffiti Blaster was started in 1993 by Mayor Daley to address the graffiti problem.
More at ABC7 News Chicago
Sacramento, California - A good samaritan lost his life after falling while attempting to clean graffiti off a highway sign. Friends of the deceased knew him to be passionate about graffiti removal.
More at Digtriad.org
From Clean City Innovation Graffiti Watch