Asheville seeks solution for graffiti vandalism
(Asheville Citizen-Times) It’s not just buildings and fences in the West Asheville neighborhood where Catherine Campbell lives. Even some trees get tagged by vandals using spray paint to leave their signature. “The tagging has exponentially increased over the last eight weeks,” Campbell said. Asheville records show she’s right — about tagging and graffiti in general, problems the city has acknowledged and is working to address. City crews have cleaned or covered graffiti in nearly 7,100 cases since July 1, the start of this fiscal year. That has come at a cost of $31,500 for labor, equipment and supplies, city spokesman Brian Postelle said.The number of cases so far this fiscal year nearly equals the number recorded in all of the previous year.
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