Riding the bike on the Periwinkle Bikepath extension behind Lowe’s was easy Saturday because for once, nobody was camped on the path itself.
The wall between the path and the store was a different matter. Once again vandals with spray cans had done their ugly work. Now and then the graffiti there are painted over, but then new markings are back in no time at all.
Albany City Manager Peter Troedsson mentioned the site in his weekly report to the city council on Friday. He captioned the paragraph “Transients and cleanups.”
“Two areas are requiring major cleanup and response activities,” Troedsson reported. “The first is City property between Eads Park and the new Banks Apartments, in which criminal activity is threatening residents. Behind Lowe’s along Periwinkle Creek is also a problematic area. We’re cleaning up the area on a weekly basis, only to have it very quickly trashed after being cleaned up.”
Transient camps and graffiti vandals are not the same, but both require repeated efforts to clean up.
Troedsson mentioned another area where vandals are causing the city grief: Park restrooms.
“Restrooms will be opening by this weekend,” he wrote. “We have a good seasonal staff, but their efforts are significantly challenged by acts of vandalism.”
It’s also the public at large that is “significantly challenged” by acts of vandalism, especially the defacing of public and private property by criminals equipped with with spray paint and eager to use it when nobody is watching in the dead of night.
What can be done about it? Nothing, apparently.
Except clean it up, again and again, and hope that sooner or later these troublemakers will grow up, become civilized, or move away. (hh)