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Folks Clean Up Graffiti in East Dayton

DAYTON -- Graffiti has been an ongoing nuisance in East Dayton for years, but the community continues to fight back and clean up their streets.

Friday, East End Community Services led the charge on East Third Street and says the efforts are not just about painting over unwanted graffiti, its about recreating East Dayton's image.

Power wash, paint, and repeat. Its a simple enough process but it takes a lot of hands, and a lot of heart.

Unwanted graffiti is more than an eye-sore for a community. It costs businesses money and makes them look unkempt, when most cases that's far from the truth

"This is a prime example. He tried to paint it over, kept trying, they kept painting over it. So we're here to help him out," Major Brian Johns of the Dayton Police Department explained on Friday.

Dayton Police, neighbors, and other business owners all came together to tackle the problem collectively. And teaching lessons in the process as volunteers from juvenile court joined in.

"Do a model of restorative justice. You work off your community service by improving the community that has suffered from different crimes," Amanda Arrington of East End Community Services said.

Graffiti that litters East Dayton adds to the perception of crime in the area and that's why the group wants to take it a step further.

"Paint over like we did today but actually put art over it but do it the right way with a permit and not just coming up in the middle of the night and spray painting a building," Major Johns explained.

The next step is to cover this newly-cleaned wall with a mural, the city is slated to approve the design in coming weeks.

"Research shows when you put up something beautiful, that gives people hope and inspires the community most folks will leave it alone and it will be a lasting solution to this problem," Arrington added proudly.
 
Once complete, the mural on East Third will be the fourth of its kind. All previous murals around the city have received rave reviews, and are still completely intact.

If you have an area in your neighborhood that you'd like to seen cleaned up, the folks at East End would love to help.

 
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