My name is Lindsay Wright and I am Village High School graduate. Incase there are people out there who don't know what Village High School is, it is your local Pleasanton Coninuation school off of Bernal and 1st street. Now recently around Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin I have being hearing more and more about Graffiti becoming a problem, so I have looked around town, and online for any talk more in depth about plans of action to put an end to Graffiti Vandals in Pleasanton. I have found very little and of what I have found it seems like all of the answers some how resort back to gangs and groups of hoodlums. Seeing as how I went to the school where most of our towns supposed "gangs/hoodlums" went I thought it might be my turn to help through out an idea that although may seem extreme I think and so have many student and children I have spoken to think is a better alternative.
Problem: Our town and our surrounding towns are being vandalized by graffiti artists .
City's Solution: Is to try and cover them up as quickly as possible, or plant Ivy or shrubs around over passes and concrete buildings.
Facts: 1. The city's current course of action is not working
2. It doesn't matter how many shrubs you plant and times you paint over their work they are and will continue to paint on whatever they can.
Now this leads me to My Solution: Find a lot or park in Pleasanton where you can design a place that is meant just for Graffiti artists.
I know it sounds extreme but the fact of the matter is that as Pleasanton is getting bigger and with a new bart station in progress and with more people coming in and out of the town. It's time that we as a city start to find ways to work with our children and not against them. Graffiti isn't a gang related offence it's a form of art that kids today are finding more and more interesting. So instead of writing them off as vandals if we make a place for them, with the proper rules and regulations it could be a great way to cut down off outside vandalism. Take a look at Venice Beach La, or other city's that have set up concrete blocks and tubes for people to paint. I am not saying it has to be in a open part of town but at least it would give kids a place in town to artistically express themselves without vandalizing anything.