Mass Erradication!

It’s a catchy title, isn’t it? So…oh…I don’t know…1984?

For my city dwelling Atlanta neighbors, an e-mail I received last week you may be interested in (this is a blatent repost from my own site)

Inman Park Neighbors:

The newly formed Inman Park Graffiti Eradication Team (IPGET) is dedicated to the eradication of graffiti vandalism within our Inman Park Neighborhood and surrounding areas.

Please join our newly formed IPGET on Saturday, February 18th at 9:00 AM at the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Waverly Way – Springvale Park North. We are looking for at least 25 volunteers to help eradicate graffiti in Inman Park. We will plan a mass eradication day at least twice per year.

Related picture: my favotire mural has been defaced…


Anti-graffiti experts have found it to be imperative that graffiti be dealt with daily or within 24 hours of the Graffiti’s arrival. So, we also ask for each neighbor to be responsible in keeping the immediate vicinity of our homes graffiti free. Please get the word out to neighbors and business owners in our area to solicit their help. IPNA will supply the materials for our eradication of graffiti and flyers will be available to deliver to local businesses asking for their participation.

Essential elements of an anti-graffiti effort:

1) Response time- must eradicate within 24 hours.
2) Identical color matching has proven to reduce the odds of recurrence by as much as 900%.
3) Mass participation from neighbors within the community.
3) Business owners assisting with the effort and becoming a part of the cause.
4) City participation. Please report graffiti that has not been removed with in a couple weeks to the Bureau of Code Compliance at 404-330-6190. Business owners, by law, have to remove graffiti within 30 days after the BCC delivers notice.

To volunteer please e-mail Curtis Ritter so we can organize the event.

Let’s all be a part of the solution.

Curtis Ritter
Team Leader

9 Comments so far

  1. Cap'n Ken (unregistered) on February 9th, 2006 @ 3:09 pm

    Just as long as they don’t mess with the Krog Street tunnel.


  2. Maigh (unregistered) on February 9th, 2006 @ 3:11 pm

    I think it’s safe to say the focus will be on personal property and business that have been defaced.

    The tunnel is almost its own art installation – but since you’ve got me wondering I’ll send an email to ask. Wouldn’t be the first time an assumption…well…you know.


  3. Thomas (unregistered) on February 9th, 2006 @ 3:26 pm

    Sad. And that mural actually has a little sign painted into it, with a finger pointing to the left and asking that graffiti be placed “Over there.”


  4. OFFICIALLYSANCTIONED (unregistered) on February 9th, 2006 @ 3:43 pm

    who gets to decide which is the “graffiti”?
    any billboards for “mountain dew code red: as real as the streets!” or brangelina’s movies better be included.
    here’s a system thats usually implemented; and easy to remember!
    if a company does it: its OK!
    if poor folks do it (and i don’t like their “tag”):BAD!


  5. Maigh (unregistered) on February 9th, 2006 @ 3:46 pm

    With wisdom like that, you should *clearly* be volunteering to help.


  6. Will (unregistered) on February 9th, 2006 @ 4:25 pm

    What is a 900% reduction, anyway? How does that work? Isn’t a 100% reduction total? What’s left after something’s been reduced to zero?

    I’m a jerk. Sorry about that.


  7. Tony Mc (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 1:53 am

    I love most of the creative graffiti (esp. Geist & Hense) but at the same time can’t condone the destruction of personal property. What should I do? And art galleries are too pretentious for me plus I’m not gonna buy it anyway.


  8. Maigh (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 7:34 am

    Will, you’re no jerk and I’m no statistician. I’m waiting on a real answer for ya.

    Tony, I don’t know what to tell ya, but as a shameless plug, I’ll tell ya to keep your eye on these kids…low priced art that doesn’t cater the the Buckhead Betty set: http://www.acanthusarts.org/


  9. Andisheh Nouraee (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 1:38 pm

    900% reduction in graffiti probably means one of two things:

    a) a typo. they meant 90%
    b) somebody graffiti’d an extra zero onto the press release.

    and to “Officiallysancitioned” — don’t be so thick. you know damn well that a lot of graffiti is nothing more than loser pricks who are essentially just marking buildings with paint instead of piss. some graffiti is fine and adds character and flavor to the city. spraypainting Hate City Rockers on new buildings or on other people’s art work is just vandalism.



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