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Art Or Vandalism? Graffiti Pushes Asheville To Try New Measures

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The City of Asheville has cleaned up nearly 7,100 sites in the past eight months. The City of Asheville has cleaned up nearly 7,100 sites in the past eight months.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Graffiti can be spotted on buildings, windows, signs and even garbage cans.

Crews try to clean it up within 48 hours of a sighting, but taggers are quick with their hands.

“I think it takes the value down of properties around it,” said Asheville resident Mark Griffin.

In the past eight months, public works has removed graffiti from nearly 7,100 city-owned sites at a cost of $35,500 for labor, equipment and supplies.

“We have felt like we needed to take some action to reduce it, because we felt like it sends the wrong message to people who come visit,” said assistant city manager Cathy Ball.

To help ease the burden of removing graffiti, city officials are working with businesses and members of the community

Crews have been trying to rid the unwanted work of taggers for years now, but there is no policy regarding the clean-up of private property.

“We think it will definitely deter and that is what all the data has indicated.”

Ball says if graffiti is promptly removed, taggers are less inclined to come back.

Asheville Police have increased their patrols and have made two arrests so far this year.

“Because this area is known for art, I think people kind of expect it here,” says Madison Maxwell, who works at Roots in the River Arts District. “Now, in other areas of town it might not make sense.”

In the meantime, the city wants citizen to report vandals and new graffiti to Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5050. If information leads to an arrest, the caller may be eligible for a cash reward.

Related:
Man Arrested After Months Of Graffiti In Spartanburg's Westside



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