I rarely devote two editorials in a row to the same subject. But Louisville's graffiti problem extends far beyond the situation at the Extreme Park I discussed on Tuesday, and deserves some extra attention.
If you're ever fortunate enough to visit some of Europe's most historic cities, you'll be disappointed to see how much ugly graffiti has been allowed to proliferate and deface so many of their public spaces and buildings - many of them centuries old. Not even the Roman Coliseum has escaped this stupid vandalism!
Some think that's just inevitable. But as New York has demonstrated over the past couple of decades, a city that declares war on graffiti and absolutely insists on removing it as soon and as often as it appears ultimately wins that war. The vandals simply give up.
But it takes resolve - both public and private. City government and private citizens simply must be required to remove graffiti as soon as it appears on their respective property.
I understand many people don't have the resources to do this on their own. But in those cases, some help from the city is available by phoning MetroCALL at 574-5000.
This stuff is ugly. It's unwanted. And it's up to all of us to make it go away.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.