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Anti-Graffiti and Clean City Programs
Program Coordinator - Burt Mirti
The city’s Office of Anti-Graffiti and Clean City Programs includes the city’s graffiti abatement initiative and coordination of Clean City programs. The office will act as a liaison between the Division of Citizen Services, the Buffalo Police, Inspection and Permits, Public Works Departments and community and other organized groups, educating the public on graffiti prevention and removal as well clean city and beautification. This will include working with community-based organizations, businesses to beautify city vacant space with gardens, tree plantings, and implement a snow angel program. Some of the goals and objectives for the program include:
Graffiti Prevention Improves the Quality of Life for Communities and Residents
Graffiti is a sign of decay and makes people feel that their neighborhood is being lost to gangs and crime. If allowed to remain, it sends the message that the community is unconcerned about its appearance. In spite of its colorful qualities, graffiti is not art. Graffiti is a crime that costs communities more than $8 billion a year to clean up. Although graffiti vandals come from varied social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, graffiti is very much a youth-related problem, with about half of all acts committed by suburban males from preteens to early twenties.
The follow are just a few guiding principals that will guide the city anti-graffiti efforts:
Make every effort to keep the appearance of a neighborhood clean and neat. Remove litter and trash, fix broken fences, trim landscape, and ensure all lighting is working properly. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, exterior appearance that suggests apathy and neglect attracts vandals.
Remove graffiti promptly with 48 hours of report on public spaces
Rapid removal of graffiti is an effective prevention tool. Data shows that removal within 24 to 48 hours results in a nearly zero rate of recurrence. Most Keep America Beautiful affiliates credit the reduction in graffiti in their communities to rapid removal.
Educate the public about the impact of graffiti vandalism and provide a way for them to report graffiti. In many cities, an 800 number, a dedicated telephone line, or a web site is established for this purpose. Respond promptly to reports of graffiti vandalism.
Ensure that any existing anti-graffiti laws are being enforced. Law enforcement dedicated to tracking and apprehending graffiti vandals is a strong deterrent. A survey of arrested taggers found "fear of getting caught" was the top response when asked what would get them to stop tagging.
Use the Graffiti Hurts® curriculum to incorporate graffiti education and prevention into classroom activities, after school programs, and youth group activities.
Create a paint-brush mural
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios