Most major cities struggle to combat graffiti, and Tacoma is no exception. To that end, City Hall made several efforts this year to curb such illegal activity.
In September, City officials announced a pilot program aimed to remove graffiti from private property within 72 hours. The program, which is currently being rolled out, calls for the City of Tacoma to hire a contractor to remove graffiti on private property located within so-called “key corridors” that include downtown Tacoma, bicycle and pedestrian routes, and areas with a high concentration of commercial properties, hotels, and multi-family properties, according to a presentation made by City staff to Tacoma City Councilmembers. The graffiti clean-up service would be provided free up to three times for private property owners who elect to participate in the one-year pilot program. If the same property is tagged more than once, City staff would work with property owners to take preventive measures in order to continue to receive free clean-up services.
“It’s a great opportunity to take those highly visible corridors and give them some special attention,” said Tacoma City Manager T. C. Broadnax.
Earlier this month, City officials announced incidents of graffiti throughout Tacoma are on the rise: 471 reported incidents so far this year, compared to 280 reported incidents last year. City Hall and Tacoma Police Department officials encouraged property owners to move objects vandals can stand on away from walls; place motion-activated lights around properties to deter graffiti vandals; create barriers along walls using plants with thorns; and use a protective sealer or coating to protect brick or cement surfaces.
On a related note, the popular Graffiti Garage, a downtown haven for artists to legally spray paint their work, closed on Nov. 1. The owner of the privately-owned garage, located at 723-737 Broadway, decided to limit its use to that of a commercial parking garage, citing feedback from neighboring businesses and concerns regarding safety and liability, according to City officials.
To read the Tacoma Daily Index‘s complete and comprehensive coverage of graffiti in Tacoma, click on the following links:
- Tacoma offers tips to combat graffiti (Tacoma Daily Index, Dec. 16, 2013)
- Downtown Tacoma’s Graffiti Garage artist venue to close (Tacoma Daily Index, Oct. 25, 2013)
- City Hall to step up graffiti removal efforts in Tacoma (Tacoma Daily Index, Sept. 24, 2013)
- Pilot project aims to quickly remove Tacoma graffiti (Tacoma Daily Index, Sept. 20, 2013)
- Code inspections ahead for Tacoma’s business districts (Tacoma Daily Index, Feb. 7, 2013)
- A City of Canvases: A photo tour of Tacoma’s 5 mural sites (Tacoma Daily Index, June 5, 2012)
- 5 sites selected for Tacoma Murals Project (Tacoma Daily Index, May 1, 2012)
- Tacoma Murals Project seeks sites for neighborhood murals (Tacoma Daily Index, Feb. 8, 2012)
- Hilltop-McCarver mural to be unveiled Saturday (Tacoma Daily Index, Oct. 14, 2010)
- Safe Streets seeks ‘Operation Graffiti Cover-Up’ volunteers (Tacoma Daily Index, May 10, 2010)
- City seeks visual artists for mural art pilot program (Tacoma Daily Index, May 4, 2010)
- City seeks teaching artists for Mural Art Training Program (Tacoma Daily Index, April 26, 2010)
- The Notes of Spanish Steps (Tacoma Daily Index, Sept. 30, 2009)
- Tacoma Clean Sweep June 6 (Tacoma Daily Index, June 1, 2009)
- Ordinance would amend graffiti codes (Tacoma Daily Index, July 16, 2007)
- Ordinance would amend graffiti codes (Tacoma Daily Index, July 9, 2007)