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January 13, 2017 White Center leaders forming 'Graffiti Response Team' to address out of control vandalism
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White Center has a graffiti problem and as it has in the past, the community is coming together to address it. A special meeting was called on Jan. 12 to announce the early stage plans.

Chamber of Commerce President Bobby Beeman of Sky’s Barber Shop, led the discussion of how the issue will be addressed and sought more input from the community about cleanup, responses education and prevention.

“I’m proposing a three stage plan,” he said, “I believe that we have an emergency and this meeting and response is the first stage.”

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That plan calls for an “Graffiti Response Team” that when graffiti is first seen, to have it painted over, hopefully within 24 hours. Citing several studies Beeman said that quick removal has shown to be an effective deterrent to the kind of “tagging” and graffiti art seen in many urban environments. To that end a deal has been worked out with McLendon's Hardware granting business owners a 30% discount on paint, in the shade they require, to allow rapid repainting.

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