Reactivated task force to help wipe away graffiti
By JENNY UPCHURCH
PROBLEM: Tami Forbes and her husband were appalled by graffiti on one of Nashville's greenways. "The defacement of benches, bridge, pavement, etc. is ugly and criminal! Please, can you help with awareness of this growing problem in Nashville?"
ACTION: Metro Parks and Recreation removed the graffiti.
"There are pockets in Nashville where graffiti always happens," said Gwen Hopkins-Glascock of the Metro Department of Public Works. "But it does seem to be spreading and we're starting to see it in more areas … subdivisions and condo complexes where you might not expect it."
It's costly, too. Metro schools spend half a million dollars a year to deal with graffiti.
A graffiti task force has been re-activated with members from Metro agencies, the state highways department, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and Nashville Electric Service.
The task force is setting up a paint bank. Stores and contractors can donate paint, and it can be given to needy homeowners or businesses hit repeatedly.
Public Works organizes neighborhood "Paint the Town" graffiti cleanups and can give advice on anti-graffiti sealants and how to remove graffiti.
Metro Beautification also plans to alert stores that selling graffiti supplies (such as large quantities of spray paint to minors) can mean a $500 fine. Parents are also liable, and that is if kids are found with graffiti supplies, even if they're not caught in the act.
WHO'S WORKING ON IT: Metro Beautification and Environment, 862-8750.