What's going on, Albuquerque?
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.
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?
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?
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