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Comment by Phil_0 on December 30, 2013 at 11:14am

It's insulting to call it a "hate crime," but graffiti in ABQ (by which I mean lousy 2-minute tags, not actual well-executed murals or street art) really does seem to be getting out of hand. Tags are more frequent and bigger and seemingly staying up a (lot) longer, even in ostensibly tony neighborhoods like Nob Hill. While I agree with a lot of what the city spokesman has to say about tagging, it would seem to fall to his department to step it up and take care of the problem.

Comment by RunLikeADog on December 30, 2013 at 1:34pm
I remember back in the day that graffiti was practically condoned by certain prominent DCF community members.

It is vandalism pure and simple.
Comment by Phil_0 on December 30, 2013 at 2:07pm

It's definitely not all created equal, though. A colorful, detailed and creative graffiti mural on a siding or the underside of a highway bridge is a lot different than a hastily scrawled monochrome or etched tag on the facade of a local business or (even worse) on a public artwork. It's the latter that really seems to be proliferating lately...another side effect of our understaffed police force and underfunded city services?

Comment by once banned twice shy on December 30, 2013 at 4:39pm

RLAD, I give you this:

Phil 0, I think it is up to an individual business to take care of tagging--the city takes care of anything on public buildings.  I think a business owner can ask for city help, but might have to pay?  It does seem like a lot of Albq. is decaying--homeless people on nearly EVERY corner now, begging for money, graffiti, crime seemingly on the rise, speeding on the Bike Boulevard...I just wonder if Mayor Berry and the city council intend to continue to sit on their collective hands and watch the city circle the drain? 

Comment by RunLikeADog on December 31, 2013 at 8:41am
OBTS - I have no problem with graffiti artists using private or public space that is specifically allocated for such work. If the City of Albuquerque were to say that the concrete embankments of the diversion channels were fair game and budgeted and scheduled for the periodic maintenance of those areas, fine with me. But to tag or paint, ahem... art on areas that the City has to continually go to and spend our money to restore is, in fact, vandalism.


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