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More tagging at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

April 12th, 2015 by Mike

This morning at the park. Thanks to John Wolff for cleaning up the last graffiti – and giving directions for how he did it.

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Evil doings at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

March 21st, 2015 by Mike

This morning the east side of upper Maple Leaf Reservoir Park looks like a crowd of drunken golfers left huge divots in the turf.

Dozens of them.


Also, somebody tagged the fence at the north entrance.

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Good – GREAT – news, and bad

January 18th, 2015 by Mike

Super Congratulations from Maple Leaf Life and the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis.

On the bad news end, this showed up at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park over the weekend. (And it’s not the first time.)

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Bad news this morning at Maple Leaf Park

May 30th, 2014 by Mike

The hitting wall still smelled of fresh spray paint at 9 a.m.

The other side is marked, too: “Bitch.”

(Somebody has rubbed out the “B” – thanks!

(The southeast staircase is marked, too.)

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Graffiti marks Maple Leaf walls along Roosevelt Way

February 15th, 2013 by Mike

Northeast 85th Street at Roosevelt Way Northeast this morning.

Cliff, at Art Tile, emails:

“The north side of our building was tagged last night. Green spray paint. Tried to report it on line but I don’t think the system took the report.

“Keep an eye out.”

In fact, in addition to Art Tile, at 8511 Roosevelt Way Northeast, several other walls were marked on the west side of Roosevelt between 85st and 86th streets.

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Vandals repeatedly hit Olympic View Elementary, other Maple Leaf sites

April 19th, 2012 by Mike

School’s out for spring break, but graffiti vandals haven’t left Maple Leaf.

“Olympic View Elementary and surrounding neighborhood have been extensively vandalized every weekend for at least four weeks. The damage is in the thousands of dollars,” John emails.

The school, at 504 N.E. 95th St., has been a frequent target, John said last week.

“You may not have noticed this because of SPS’s amazing graffiti-removal crews. Today (Thursday), it’s already gone. I got a chance to chat with one of the guys this morning. I think these guys are real heroes; we have no idea what our neighborhood would look like without their work.

“To report graffiti, call 684-PKUP (684-7587). This often seems to work.”

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Seattle grapples with redefining graffiti

November 11th, 2010 by master

It’s the question that always spurs heated conversation. Is graffiti vandalism or art? A recent survey showed Seattle residents are almost evenly divided on the issue. Now, there’s a push to start a photo database to track graffiti and amend the city’s municipal code to include stickers.

With the help of the nonprofit Common Language Project and communications students at the University of Washington, we take a closer look at the graffiti issue through the eyes of the people tracking it, cleaning it up, and making it.

Continue reading “Redefining Seattle graffiti laws is a sticky issue”

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How well does the city deal with graffiti?

May 4th, 2010 by master

Graffiti on the east side of the Maple Leaf Reservoir

Even if police say most of the graffiti in Maple Leaf isn’t gang related, that doesn’t mean residents enjoy seeing it around.

How do you feel about the city’s response to graffiti? The city is asking you to let it know how it’s doing with this 10-question survey, which will help the Office of City Auditor evaluate the current response to graffiti, then make recommendations to Mayor Mike McGinn and the City Council.

Want to learn more about graffiti throughout the city? Check out this collaborative project between The Seattle Times and neighborhood blogs.

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