Volunteers Wanted For East Confederate Painting Project

Painting over graffiti on trestle is target.

by Patch Staff

Volunteers are wanted for a painting project that will take place today at 9 a.m. of the entire trestle on East Confederate Avenue.

Zach Juno, project organizer, has 15 gallons of mahogany red wine colored paint for the efforts.

There's an additional five gallonsof gray paint to cover graffiti on the bridge supports.

Volunteers are asked to bring rollers, pans and brushes.

Anyone with questions may call Juno at 404.427.1100.

Space Ship July 16, 2012 at 03:12 PM
This is an exercise in futility, as graffiti artists love nothing more than a fresh, clean canvas. Until the graffiti artists themselves are prosecuted, painting over a bridge is a waste of everyone's free time. You'd be better served spending the day at a soup kitchen.
Péralte Paul (Editor) July 16, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I don't think so. You can't give in and the city is cracking down harder on graffiti artists and taggers.
Space Ship July 16, 2012 at 05:52 PM
The city is not fully invested in addressing the problem until they not only prosecute (off to a good start with PERVE and others) but also sets aside funding to cover existing graffiti. It is a sad state of affairs that graffiti cover up efforts in our city must be initiated through grassroots means and not by those in government who are here to serve our communities.
Zachary Juno July 16, 2012 at 07:35 PM
@ Space Ship - When I loved into Boulevard Heights seven years ago, this bridge was getting tagged weekly, We decided that we would take care of the problem by re-painting the bridge. It got old, but we were persistent. This last time, the bridge has sat ONE YEAR without tags. I totally disagree with you that it's a waste of our time. This bridge looks great and we'll continue to take care of our neighborhood
Space Ship July 16, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Zach - it's one thing to have neighborhood pride. It's another thing for it to be an expectation of the community to fight crime themselves when we have a government that is there explicitly for that purpose. I blame Atlanta for the blighted state that it is in, not its citizens. And while I applaud the efforts of you and your neighbors, I think it is a shame that you have to invest that amount of free time and energy in cleaning up after crooks, hoodlums and punks when you should be spending time with your family or enjoying your hobbies (unless you consider painting bridges a hobby). That is my point, for what it's worth.
Chris Murphy July 16, 2012 at 09:09 PM
You keep waiting for someone else to solve a problem, you'll do exactly that: wait.
Space Ship July 16, 2012 at 09:13 PM
You want the problem fixed and keep fixing it yourself, you're saving the city time and trouble yet still having people pay taxes for city services. Doesn't make much sense to me, but if you say so.
Space Ship July 16, 2012 at 09:17 PM
What's wrong with taking a stance which would hold the city responsible for fixing the problem instead of feeling like you have to fix it yourself? Isn't this what we're paying taxes for in the first place? I just don't get the attitude here that if citizens don't act, then nothing can get done. Has everyone become so complacent with the lack of proper government that the thought of speaking out against it just requires too much energy - and it's easier to just pick up a paint brush? Hey I don't have anything against civic pride - but the city should be investing a little time, money and energy in having pride for its own as well. Make government accountable for what government is here to do - give them the damn paint brush.
Zachary Juno July 16, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Look, you have your point of view and I have mind. I wonder what you think our tax revenue would need to be for the City of Atlanta to fix everything that goes wrong in our community. Here is a simple math lesson. Foreclosures are on the rise, tax revenue is dropping due to property values declining to mid 1990 levels. City expenses are the same, rising even. We cannot expect the city to take care of everything in a climate like this. It doesn't have the resources. Communities have come together since the beginning of time because it's the right thing to do. The city of Atlanta isn't responsible for EVERYTHING and it shouldn't be. Yes, I wish the city would manage its resources better. Yes, I wish code compliance would make my neighbor clean his house up, but they don't. Today, I have the option to do something positive for my neighborhood and while I'd love to bulldoze my neighbor's home, I realize I can't, so I'll paint the bridge By the way, All our paint was donated by Councilperson Carla Smith.
Robert Ross July 16, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Zach- Thanks for doing this. It is greatly appreciated by more than one of your neighbors that drives through both trestles daily!
Space Ship July 17, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Let me know where to park the bulldozer. ;-)


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