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Neighborhood Solutions: The Ignored Path

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Your neighborhood is very nice, but this one secluded walkway looks to be from a part of a city that is not yours. City officials say the solution is to close the path off. You disagree because that's not an acceptable solution. What do you do?

Option #1: Call the City for Service
It's a short term solution, yet starts the back and forth resistance with the delinquents. You call the city to clean up and abate graffiti, taggers reclaim the wall and trash the path. It goes back and forth until one side gets bored. Be persistent and you can win.

Option #2: Visibility
If there's no light at night, no wonder this path is so easily blighted. Install motion sensor lights from private property or if there is an electricity pole, the city has a private lighting program for very low rates. The solution can successful until someone stops paying the electric bill.

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Option #3: Vines
Probably the most long-term solution, vining a wall is a deterrent for taggers, plus it adds some green. It takes the will of a community member to water the vines when first planted, yet once at full growth, vines rarely get tagged.