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Ravine Climb

I hate graffiti. It does, however, make for some pretty cool photos since it is so colourful. Ravine Climb shows a stairway up from the Humber River ravine to Bloor Street in Toronto on a dull and rainy day.  The graffiti problem is getting worse in Toronto every year with tags showing up in new places all the time -- even nicer neighbourhoods are starting to experience the problem. It is something that gets overlooked a lot by the city and enforcement staff. The city's by-law states that owners of the properties that get tagged are responsible for cleaning them off but the City doesn't appear to do a good job of following its own rules on its own land. Having said that it would just come back, I'm not sure what the solution is. Has anyone in another city heard of a solution to the problem, or at least something to mitigate it?

-sL

Taken September 9, 2007.

Ravine Climb

I hate graffiti. It does, however, make for some pretty cool photos since it is so colourful. Ravine Climb shows a stairway up from the Humber River ravine to Bloor Street in Toronto on a dull and rainy day.  The graffiti problem is getting worse in Toronto every year with tags showing up in new places all the time -- even nicer neighbourhoods are starting to experience the problem. It is something that gets overlooked a lot by the city and enforcement staff. The city's by-law states that owners of the properties that get tagged are responsible for cleaning them off but the City doesn't appear to do a good job of following its own rules on its own land. Having said that it would just come back, I'm not sure what the solution is. Has anyone in another city heard of a solution to the problem, or at least something to mitigate it?

-sL

Taken September 9, 2007.

comments (4)

  • Visual Vault
  • Graffiti Capital of the world (the queen w alley)
  • 21 Sep 2007, 15:52
Grafitti that's artistic is great, adds colour and life to otherwise dull places, but tags are just ugly... They do make a graffiti resistant paint you can put over buildings to stop people tagging it because it doesn't stick, or if it does it just washes off easily. You'll notice alot of the building downtown use it, it's a slightly shiney coating painted on about 6-8 ft up from the ground... But yeah, the city does cleanup, they just cleanup really weird places, like the retaining walls for the train tracks near spadina... those got the graffiti painted over, but they leave other areas.. I don't know if there's really a solution, since the faster you clean it, the faster they re-tag it.. At least the tagging of streetcar stops and subway seats has stopped for now, that was just not good when that was happening.

In other news, a man known only as 'wookie' was arrested today, for graffiting on private property in yorkville. He claims that the giant rubber duck he was spray painting on the side of a luxury condo was comissioned by the 'great duck goddess' and that he was paid hansomly in crackers for his work.

-VV-
Iain Myrans: Those retaining walls are likely owned by CN. It was probably CN crews doing that cleanup. Did you see if they were city trucks? One solution was the large murals that were done on Christie north of Dupont at the railway underpass there. all the Seniors got out with brushes and painted a nice sunflower mural -- only a few tags have shown up since and they get repainted right away. It's worked very well there.

I heard about that wookie thing on the news! wink
  • Visual Vault
  • Graffiti Capital of the world (the queen w alley)
  • 21 Sep 2007, 15:54
shutterchance ripped out my [start serious comment] and [end serious comment] tags because i had used pointy brackets to contain them.. that's annoying...
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  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Sep 2007, 01:54
I always kind of liked the graffiti thats up on the roadway bridge next to the stairway ... although part of it is wonder at how anyone got all the way up there and was able to paint legibly! smile
  • CC
  • not actually in GB
  • 24 Sep 2007, 01:55
I wonder why shutterchance filled in my default location as being Great Britain? Odd.

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