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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Good news tidbits

In neighborhood graffiti cleanup news, there are a couple of positive developments to report. The Qwest folks have cleaned up the collection of inane tags that they had picked up on the back side of their "phone hotel" building on NE Stanton Street between 23rd and 24th Avenues. Thank you!

And closer to home, the green Postal Service utility mailbox on our block -- a prime target for vandalism over the years -- has been removed. I have a can of drab green paint that I have been using to cover up the mess every so often, and I just bought a new refill. I don't know what I'm going to do with the paint now. But I'm not complaining.

I sure hope that the post office, and not some meth-crazed metal thief, is responsible for the disappearance of that box. Either way, I'm equally hopeful that our mail carriers can get along fine without it.

Comments (3)

Nice job, Jack. As a resident of the Sunnyside area, I see firsthand the idiotic tags that sprout up like weeds around here, and I'm always grateful for the property owners (and other concerned neighbors) who are willing to do their part to keep the tags to a minimum. Petty vandalism has always been one of the things that really ticks me off--it's so inane, so pointless.

Two recent experiences leave me scratching my head: Barcelona, rich with extraordinary buildings and history, tagged virtually to the point of saturation; and Manila, with its indescribable poverty and almost exclusively post-WWII low-budget construction of no real distinction, and practically no graffiti to be found. Why, and why?

It's just willpower and energy. As much as I gripe about the City of Portland's priorities, graffiti "abatement" is something we're pretty good at here.

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