Last week, we reported that many businesses along 45th Street had been tagged with graffiti, and the comments that we received from our neighbors about coming together to clean up the mess inspired us to want to help out, too. So, we did a little digging and located Daniel Sims, the Seattle Public Utilities contact in charge of Graffiti Education and Outreach. Here’s what we learned from Daniel:
If you are interested in removing graffiti from private property, we offer paint, supplies, and a wagon to use for carting all your supplies. You can e-mail me at [email protected].
We ask that you fill out this form and get permission from the property owners to remove graffiti from their property. We also have a very active “Graffiti Sheriff” in the neighborhood, his name is Gene Slagle. His email address: [email protected].
Earlier this week, reader Kimberly C. wrote to tell us that more tagging had occurred along N. 40th Street:
Sunday morning, I discovered on a walk that lower Wallingford had been tagged in a big way. Several fences along 40th Street, the side of Irwin’s Café, a neighbor’s truck, and another neighbor’s garage door were all defaced with blue spray paint. The most grievous offense, however, was the tagging of the tent camper that belongs to my nextdoor neighbors Pat and Joan. Now, Pat and Joan are retired school teachers, animal lovers, talented folk musicians, devoted surrogate grandmothers to my children, and just about the nicest people ever.
I took an immediate liking to them when I found out that they, already retirees, had headed downtown during the WTO protests to join with other ordinary people in protesting an unjust global economy. I am happy to be their neighbor, so this tagging really got under my skin.
I was tempted to snark about teenagers until this morning, when I saw my other next door neighbor, Carsen, out front helping Joan wash the paint off the trailer. Carsen is 19, and while she has never been one of “those” type of teenagers, it was a wonderful affirmation of the goodness of teens to see her cheerfully lending a hand and it convinced me that I live at the best address in all of Wallingford!
Follow these steps when reporting graffiti:
- Use the Online Report Form or call the City’s Graffiti Report Line at (206) 684-7587 to report graffiti on public property, or on private property that has persisted for a period of time.
- Make a police report to (206) 625-5011 when graffiti appears on your property.
- If you see an act of graffiti vandalism in progress, call 911 immediately–Graffiti vandals must be caught in the act to be prosecuted.
- When graffiti appears on your home, apartment building, or business, take a photo to document for insurance purposes. After the police document the vandalism, remove or paint over the graffiti immediately.
We want to say thanks to the neighborhood and local businesses for their quick response to this issue. It is nice to see such a large community outreach coming together, while trying to put a stop to the graffiti in Wallingford.