Councilman Weiner Launches War on Graffiti
CHARGE ! : County Councilman Robert Weiner has launched a 'War on Graffiti' in his western Brandywine Hundred district. In a series of emails, he has mustered some civic associations, the Brandywine School District, county police Explorer Scout troops and other groups to organize rapid-response 'citizen brigades'. The volunteer militia will stand ready to turn out as soon as unwanted decoration appears to at least paint over it, if not eventually to wipe it out. Green Acres Civic Association has already agreed to take on supports under the Interstate 95 and C.S.X. railroad bridges along Silverside Road.
"The successful lesson that New York City's anti-graffiti campaign taught us is the importance of immediate action ... in order to frustrate the graffiti vandals," Weiner said. As he sees it, each participating community will set up an organization under the leadership of a captain to whom residents will be urged to report any graffiti they spot. Delaware Department of Transportation has agreed to supply paint and safety equipment. "This broad public-private partnership is essential if we hope to take back control of our communities from graffiti vandals and other criminal elements," Weiner said.
Edited from Delaforum Sept. 4, 2007
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