Last night the front of the loft condos at 645 Haight St was hit hard by taggers. I called SFPD and Officer Burke responded to file a formal report including taking photos of the damage. Officer Burke did an outstanding job of showing concern, issuing a case number and taking photographs. In the eight years I've lived in here this is the most extensive tagging I've seen. There's been a spike in graffiti in the neighborhood including residential, commercial and sidewalks. While this is low on the crime scale this issue shouldn't go unreported and ignored. Does anyone know if the graffiti unit of SFPD have a relationship with our neighborhood and are they paying any attention to extent of damage that's being done in Lower Haight?
I also want to point out there was a story floating around recently on a local blog about the guy who's painting salmon fish on sidewalks. The article was legitimizing this graffiti as street art. Cute or not, it's illegal, ugly, and the tagger should be cited.
The annual cost of covering up graffiti on our building alone would be in the thousands of dollars if we didn't have a dedicated owner in our building keep on top of the weekly tags.
It would be a staggering number if we calculated the time and money it takes to remove graffiti in the Lower Haight neighborhood.
Mark understands that this form of vandalism is sanctioned by many city progressives, including Matt Gonzalez and Bay Guardian editor Tim Redmond. The city spends a lot of money dealing with this form of vandalism, and it would be helpful if progressives stopped enabling it.
Labels: Graffiti/Tagging, Matt Gonzalez, Tim Redmond