Asheville’s new initiative to clean up graffiti seems to be making headway. Starting July 1, the city began offering property owners up to $500 in assistance toward the cost of removing the illicit markings from their buildings. And as of today, July 16, 67 property owners have requested support and 9 locations have been cleaned […]
A $30,000 donation means that property owners won’t have to pay for graffiti removal in the city of Asheville’s summer initiative, 1-2-3 Graffiti Free, if the removal cost is less than $500. Assistant City Manager Cathy Ball announced the news at an information meeting Friday, June 6, and also passed along guidelines for potential graffiti-removal contractors. […]
Asheville City Council will consider an ordinance next week aimed at attacking the city’s problem with graffiti. The Council will consider tougher penalties for the perpetrators while making property owners responsible for cleanup. The ordinance calls for a three-way approach to dealing with the issue: education, enforcement and rapid removal. A city staff recommendation would […]
Local business owners raised their voices and things got, by the moderator’s own admission, “a little out of hand” at Friday morning’s Council of Independent Business Owners meeting when it came to the issue of graffiti. With the district attorney, city leaders and a state representative on hand, opinions differed — sometimes sharply — on possible solutions and who should foot the bill.
I'd like to preface this by saying that I believe graffiti is a beautiful form of expression and art. Since its American inception in Philadelphia back in the ‘60s, it has proven to be such. However, seeing the words "Valet" and "Moms" and other silly self-interested scribble around town to me is not creative and […]
An announcement from the Asheville Police Department warns that a landmark community graffiti wall in the River District is now off-limits.
Five graffiti artists paint the inside of Ananda this Saturday; the public is invited to watch.
If you are a smoker, a vandal or just a nuisance, you will be a topic of Tuesday’s Council meeting.
The Asheville Police Department is seeking tips in connection with a spate of graffiti incidents that happened on March 7 in locations along Tunnel Road, most prominently the abandoned site of the Lone Star Steakhouse.
Mayor Terry Bellamy told members and guests of the Asheville Downtown Association gathered for a “State of the Downtown” luncheon Jan. 8 that the city has made real strides to make downtown better, but that more needs to be done. Since she took office in 2005, Bellamy said, the city has increased efforts to keep […]
A UNC Asheville student caught in an Asheville Police Department graffiti investigation has been expelled, police report.
The owner of the Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company is considering showing the names and mug shots of vandals on the big screen as part of a campaign by local businesses to fight graffiti.
You’ve probably seen their vivid, uniquely styled works on many a surface in Asheville. They use signature “tags” to mark their work, including ETCHR, LIFE, MOMS and WISDOM. They are the city’s graffiti artists, and if they didn’t know it before, they know now: The Asheville Police Department is on their case. Painting the town: […]
In this Dec. 10, 2008, statement, the Asheville Police Department announces recent arrests of graffiti artists and details a year-long crackdown on local taggers, 14 of which the department says it has arrested. The document also summarizes the extent of the APD’s work on this front, noting that in 2008, officers conducted more than 50 […]
APD says two people were arrested last weekend for “multiple, separate incidents of graffiti related vandalism,” lists 14 alleged “prominent graffiti vandals” charged in ‘08
At a press conference today, Buncombe County Republican officials and activists criticized the defacing of a “Vote Republican” billboard, which was spray-painted with “Drop bombs on families!!!?”
Asheville’s downtown is more than a mere place — it’s a brand and an economic engine that needs protecting and constant fine-tuning. That was the gist of a presentation by Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority Executive Director Kelly Miller to City Council at its Oct. 21 meeting.
Don’t panic—gas is on the way, officials say City supports CTS petition No agreement on graffiti cleanup strategy The proposed Haywood Park development was the main event in an already loaded agenda for the Asheville City Council’s Sept. 23 formal session, but questions and rumors about the area’s uncertain gas situation prompted Mayor Terry Bellamy […]
The Haywood Park development is likely to dominate a formal session that will also see updates on the city’s graffiti policy and the e-verify system.
The brick walls and wooden fences at the now-abandoned McCormick Heights housing project tell a sort of a story: Simple spray-painted messages in muted or faded colors reveal a running dialogue between local gangs, each entry scrawled on top of the preceding one. In this particular case, notes Detective Louis Tomasetti of the Asheville Police […]