In response to your Xpress Molton cartoon of issue May 6-12, I have been following what the city of Asheville has been doing about graffiti in town and how they are trying to deal with it.
Throwing money at it to stop it does not seem to be working, but instead, why not offer rewards for anyone that can provide a picture of anyone doing graffiti? I look at some of it and say that it must have taken hours to paint, and someone must have seen it being done, and I’m sure that the artist has taken a selfie to prove and take credit for doing it.
I know this will work: I am one of the artists who built “Shopping Daze” on Haywood Street, and one night there were vandals defacing that sculpture. When a few customers at The Bier Garden across the street saw what was happening, [they] took pictures and called the police (thank you very much, Bier Garden customers). Police showed up, and the vandals were arrested and had to pay me to repair Shopping Daze.
If the city offered rewards, and the graffiti artist were to be arrested, they would have to pay to have the graffiti removed, and how long would it take for some of those selfies to make their way to police headquarters?
Just an idea and thought, and [I] am tired of seeing our town being defaced.
— Dan Howachyn