Terrace Council Looks to Tackle Graffiti Problem
There's a growing debate in Terrace about what measures should be taken to deal with the increasing number of graffiti markings on businesses around the city.
Graffiti Artist Matthew Daratha approached council Monday suggesting a Graffiti Wall as an outlet for street artists.
"The artist will not bother any other businesses, tax-paying citizens no longer have to worry about having to put fresh paint up on the wall and the cops dont have to worry about trying to catch us in the night. There might be a possible decrease in graffiti related crimes and an increase in savings for local businesses."
Many councillors said they failed to see how a designated graffiti wall would have any impact in deteriorating vandalism on businesses and suggested the wall would be an eye-sore.
Councillor Cordeiro compared it to the now-demolished co-op building which was used as a public canvas and got lots of negative feedback.
He aid the feedback was less than positive and noted another point
"People that are visitors or are from out of town don't know that that's a designated graffiti wall. They just see it as graffiti. I think a much more constructive project would be contacting local businesses to do actual murals"
Instead, council decided to have city staff look into what other communities are doing to curb graffiti vandalism.