In a message dated 2/28/2002 2:30:46 PM Eastern Standard Time, ... rather than painting the wall blank, which provides a clean canvas for the graffitti
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, Feb 28, 2002
In a message dated 2/28/2002 2:30:46 PM Eastern Standard Time, AdamsMorgan@yahoogroups.com writes:
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2002 14:37:38 -0500
From: "James Coleman" <jecoleman8@...>
Subject: Graffiti in Adams Morgan
Less than ten days ago a young Heads Up! volunteer and I spent the better part of a day painting over some particularly vulgar graffiti on the walls outside the Marie Reed School. The young lady, who tutors students at Marie Reed after school, had shown up on her own because she was offended at the idea that children had to pass by the image and language each day. She paid for a can of paint and a roller, and she worked hard to change that space into a bright clean wall. Today, the graffiti is back. In fact, there's more now than before.
It's not an isolated event. Over the years we've had scores of volunteers, any number of clean-ups, invested too much time and a great deal of money to remove or paint over images and language and scrawl marks only to see them reappear a few days or a few weeks later. It's a shame. But it's something more than just a shame. It's a crime. Graffiti is not an innocent prank, it's not some noble expression of urban art, and it's not a victimless misdemeanor. Come down to Marie Reed and decide for yourself what you would call it.
But please don't stop at shaking your heads over what a bunch of young vandals are doing in our neighborhood. Please contact our elected officials (council, school board, ANC) and ask them to do two things; get the appropriate government agencies to remove every bit of graffiti at Marie Reed, and get the police to devote attention to the area until they apprehend these criminals who are giving us all the finger. They belong in jail, and the sooner they get there the cleaner our neighborhood will be.
rather than painting the wall blank, which provides a clean canvas for the graffitti offenders - consider having the kids paint a mural or some artwork on the wall - the graffiti offenders "should" be less inclined to paint over the kids artwork - and it could also foster art, creativity and community service with the kids
i have noticed that graffitti artists, it seems, tend to stay away from these murals and artworks around town - just a thought???
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