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Jul 14, 2012 6:39 PM

Volunteers join forces to tackle graffiti problem

TUCSON-Graffiti is a huge problem in Tucson.

The city has already invested 1.2 million dollars to combat the problem, but they said it's hard to keep up with the taggers, so this weekend, they organized a volunteer effort to tackle the graffiti in Ward 3.

Some were assigned postal boxes and others dumpsters, but either way each team walked the streets of Ward 3 to rid the neighborhood of graffiti.

With a few sprays, brush strokes and a lot of paint, the volunteers beautified a neighborhood plagued with graffiti.

"I live around here, and I see a lot of graffiti especially by my house and it makes the town look horrible," said Megan Welcer.

Volunteers dedicated their Saturday to Ward 3 Graffiti Wipe Out, an event the city organized to tackle graffiti in Ward 3 neighborhoods.

"The town needs it. It's got way too much graffiti going on and every little bit makes the place look better," said Allen Barr.

All the painting supplies, food and water for the volunteers were donated for the cause.

One of the areas that got a spruce up included the 3400 block of East Monte Vista Drive where just this week, a woman's body was found in a dumpster.

"It's kind of scary to know that stuff like that's happening in your neighborhood. I have kids I have a 5 year old and a baby on the way and to know that stuff is going on, it's just scary to hear about stuff like that," said Keisha Bell who lives in the neighborhood.

Bell said there's so much vandalism that happens here, that it's nice to see something positive happening on the block for once.

It's really a blessing that we have people like that out here," she said. "We don't find that much. You find a lot of people that are actually doing damage instead of fixing it."

Over 200 people in teams of three spread out in this area to tackle graffiti on postal boxes and dumpsters.

The bigger projects were left to Graffiti Protective Coatings to tackle.

To information on how to fight graffiti in your neighborhood click here:
http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/graffiti/

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