seriously, if you don’t like graffiti why are you living in cabbagetown.

a long time ago, i wrote a post expressing incredulity that someone would consider the krog street bridge an eyesore.

you would think that people who aren’t in to that kind of thing probably wouldn’t want to live in cabbagetown, where purple houses, eclectic yard decorations and yes, graffiti, rule the day.

but apparently they do. today’s ajc contains an article about a man who actually sat in a tree and staked out the railroad fence along wylie avenue. apparently at around 2:00 am he caught some kids who were about to paint something, jumped out of his tree and assaulted them.


my favorite line in the article tho:

In front of police officers, Bowman asked the young men what they were doing out there so late at night, Jaeger said.

“You were in a tree at 2:30 in the morning,” they replied, according to Jaeger.

Bowman could not be reached for comment.

i really suggest that mr. bowman pack his bags and head to alpharetta.

6 Comments so far

  1. arc of time » Blog Archive » stupid vigilantes (pingback) on July 3rd, 2008 @ 11:07 am

    […] have a post up over at the atlanta metblog today about an imbecile who decided to enforce a ‘no grafiti’ zone on wylie avenue at 2:00 am by punching what i am gathering were a few hipsters in the […]

  2. blurdo on July 3rd, 2008 @ 10:48 pm

    Really?? Seriously?? Krog street is an example of urban awesomeness. Go back to the suburbs moron.

  3. wrenyu on July 4th, 2008 @ 7:38 pm

    Thank you!

    I now live across from an ugly pea green wall.

    I love graffiti and hate vigilante justice.

  4. abby on July 6th, 2008 @ 11:41 am

    First, there is an enormous difference between graffiti, which is artwork that someone spends time and effort on, something someone (and a community) can take pride in, something that beautifies a space (see lots of examples in the krog tunnel) … and tagging, which is what has overrun cabbagetown as of late. I’m not usually one to judge, but when the churches say "Fuck your God," the sidewalks say "fuck you," my trash can says "Slayer" (ok, that kind of made me laugh and I wasn’t too concerned with it) – but that’s not art, that’s not graffiti, it’s just self-centered crap that someone sprays permanently on other people’s personal property. That doesn’t even get into the potential for gang issues, or the broken window theory. For the most part, lately, the "graffiti" in cabbagetown has come from little suburban punks coming in to spray sweet obscenities on the walls of me and my neighbors. The two kids Rodney caught drove in from Palmetto (at 2 in the morning saying "we didn’t know it was illegal").

    Rodney is clearly a little off (to say the least) and shouldn’t be attacking people but he’s been here for 20-plus years, a sort of fixture in the neighborhood, and I don’t think he’d fit in very well in Alpharetta. He was actually featured in another AJC story after the tornado that I can’t find for the life of me – he was helping build a wheelchair ramp for someone on Powell. They described him as a lovable eccentric who looks scary till you get to know him (see his post on the ajc article about him, he commented recently).

    Oh, also, there was a big neighborhood paint-over-the-tagging day last weekend that was quite controversial because it ended up painting over some murals on Wylie that had actually been commissioned (see wrenyu’s complaint about the ugly pea green wall). Just in the interest of fair reporting, here is the response from c-town Public Safety chair on the Wylie wall:

    "Ultimately it was decided that we needed a complete reclamation of the wall so that we could start anew. We are going to propose an ongoing public art display for the wall at the next CNIA meeting that I hope some of the affected artists will be interested in.

    Several areas of these more artistic works had been tagged over for a few weeks now. The taggers did revere them for a period of time but apparently nothing is sacred which absolutely stinks. The true artists are victims here as well."

    This is an interesting post that has a lot of potential for conversation – no one moves to cabbagetown that doesn’t like graffiti. It’s a matter of trash being tagged all over the place that brings down property values, arguably invites criminals, and makes it a generally uglier place (of course, that last one is a matter of opinion). Wow, sorry for the length, just got a lot to say …

    Also, happy to see you guys posting again on metblogs! Keep em coming!

  5. james hervey (jeherv) on July 7th, 2008 @ 1:50 pm

    thanks, abby. that’s good backstory that absolutely wasn’t reported in the article.

  6. abby on July 7th, 2008 @ 5:12 pm

    Here it is – he’s the guy in the top photo

    Thanks, James!

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