Whistleblower: Grain Belt sign a big graffiti target

  • Article by: JAMES ELi SHIFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 21, 2011 - 12:09 PM

The iconic sign's owner thinks he deserves a break from city's graffiti crackdown policy. | Hard Data

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asssssApr. 17, 11 2:20 AM

C'mon Mpls! You raised my property taxes by 400$ this year, and my home's value hasn't budged. The least you could do is stop funding the ridiculous things like "bicycle blvd" signs and instead step up and help maintain one of the city's relatively iconic landmarks...

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tedsterApr. 17, 11 8:00 AM

Put a high-voltage fence around it with razor wire along the top.

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murphsApr. 17, 11 8:01 AM

How about catching the morons who deface the property? After all, it's a crime isn't it?

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salryteApr. 17, 11 8:09 AM

Eventual a 'tager', or whatever name you wish to assign these air wasters, will be caught. We can allow some advertising agencies to catch them and generate clean up funds by making them into walking billboards by selling advertising space on their otherwise useless bodies.

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mnpls1234Apr. 17, 11 8:11 AM

This guy sounds like a big cry baby. Take accountability for maintaining your own property. My taxes shouldn't be used to support lazy property owners. I'd rather they go to bike blvd signs that benefit everyone instead of individual out of state property owners.

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mutt10RApr. 17, 11 8:14 AM

Really, how hard could it be to secure access to the sign?

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whoopidoApr. 17, 11 8:17 AM

So, the city wants to blame the victim of the crime and penalize him for having his sign vandalized. Why not address the real problem? They can't. Police don't prevent crimes - they are after the fact. But to blame the victim and threaten him with civil penalties is just an example of how low politicians will stoop to bring in more money.

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otistonkaApr. 17, 11 8:19 AM

“The city's anti-graffiti czar sympathizes with Eastman but says property owners need to take responsibility for stopping the epidemic of graffiti.” I agree! Vigilantes unite and take back our city. Attack anyone who defaces private or public property. Oh, yeah, I bet the city would crack down on the vigilantes though wouldn’t they?

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drfranktApr. 17, 11 8:20 AM

How about this...start cracking down on the punk "taggers" and throw some real consequences for their actions. Right now, it's relatively painless for taggers, because the courts have bigger issues to deal with. Fine them enough to cover clean-up cost, make them clean up their mess, throw them in jail for a year, 2080 hours of community clean-up service, etc.

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elementxApr. 17, 11 8:37 AM

Sit in the bushes with a baseball bat and beat the crap out of anyone defacing and tagging property! Take back our neighborhoods!

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