Louisville, we have a problem -- specifically, the huge increase in graffiti that's evident in large parts of the city lately. Not only has downtown -- especially south of Broadway -- been recently hit with an explosion of this so-called "street art," but the disease also seems to be gaining a foothold in areas like Irish Hill and the Highlands, which have been relatively unblemished in the past.
Fortunately, several affected business owners and private citizens have stepped up and cleaned up graffiti on their property as soon as possible. A perfect example of this is the Feeders Supply store on Baxter Avenue, where taggers defaced an entire block-long warehouse wall a few weeks back. While other businesses might have just thrown their hands up in frustration, the people at Feeders Supply got busy, and in less than 48 hours, that wall was pristine again.
Unfortunately, not everyone has the resources to do that.
So the question is, what can we do to end this nonsense? Since virtually all graffiti is done under cover of night, it's hard to catch the guilty parties in action. But I'm also concerned that we don't deal with the offenders as harshly as we should when they are caught.
I know our law enforcement resources are limited, but there's got to be a better way. If you think you know what it is, please call and tell us.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.
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