By Bill Lamb
WDRB President and General Manager

We all get it that graffiti vandals are people who fancy themselves artists. They creep around by night vandalizing property that doesn't belong to them. It's such a shame, because they make our city ugly. Almost everyone who is not a graffiti vandal agrees on that. Graffiti has a negative effect on talent attraction and tourism.

Sadly, we've had to live with scribbles and blotches on the back of interstate signs all spring and summer. This is primarily because the state officials who should be taking care of this live outside Louisville and don't see it.

Several months ago Greater Louisville Inc. wrote Transportation Secretary Greg Thomas about the growing issue of vandalism along the expressways and asked for help. They also asked the Mayor and Louisville Forward to contact the state and demand help, which they did.

GLI then drove all over the city and identified 35 incidents of vandalism, mostly on the backs of large panel signs.

There is good news to report. I am told Mayor Fischer has been very responsive to this and doubled the city's graffiti cleanup budget to $200,000. The state also responded with a commitment to work with the city to clean up expressway vandalism which can cost up to $5,000 per-sign to fix.

I hate that we have to spend good money this way, but I dislike unsightly graffiti vandalism more.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.

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