City of Knoxville battling graffiti with new pressure washer, as

City of Knoxville battling graffiti with new pressure washer, asking public for help

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The Knoxville Area Transit downtown station before graffiti removal (source: City of Knoxville) The Knoxville Area Transit downtown station before graffiti removal (source: City of Knoxville)
The Knoxville Area Transit downtown station after graffiti removal (source: City of Knoxville) The Knoxville Area Transit downtown station after graffiti removal (source: City of Knoxville)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - City of Knoxville officials say they are fighting a battle against graffiti.

“We have a strategy, and it seems to be working, but it’s expensive, and there are certainly better ways to spend taxpayer dollars than to repaint or clean off the sides of public buildings,” said David Brace, Public Service Director for the City of Knoxville.

The city is partnering with the Public Building Authority, Knoxville Utilities Board and the Central Business Improvement District to combat what it says is a rise in graffiti.

However, officials say help from residents and businesses is vital. They are asking residents to quickly report to the Knoxville Police Department any time taggers are seen defacing property. Property owners should also do their part to quickly remove graffiti on private property.

City officials say immediate and persistent removal of graffiti discourages taggers.

“We understand it’s frustrating to have to spend time and money cleaning up damaged signs and buildings from spray paint and markers, but that’s really the best long-term solution," said Brace.

The city recently purchased a new water-sand pressure washer with money from CBID and the downtown capital improvement fund. The pressure washer was used to successfully remove graffiti from the Knoxville Area Transit downtown station.

City officials say graffiti contributes to declines in property value and generates the perception of blight, even if it is not true.

The City of Knoxville and the Knoxville Police Department are encouraging citizens to report incidents of graffiti by calling 311 for non-emergency events or 911 if property damage is actively in process.

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