rock wall was about 5 feet tall and perhaps 10 feet across.
He said he has been angered by people who consider graffiti art that the city should celebrate or at least leave intact.
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"If it's fairly fresh, it can be pressure washed off," Martin said. "It's better to get it done quicker. If you leave it on there, they're just going to come back and tag your property again."
Heather Martin, co owner of Green Graffiti Removal, scrubs the wall of the Fire House Casual Living warehouse on Glendale Avenue Thursday.
EDT July 3, 20"It's better to get it done quicker. If you leave it on there, they're just going to come back and tag your property again," said Heather Martin, co owner of Green Graffiti Removal.
Spurred by rising complaints about graffiti, Asheville City Council approved an anti graffiti plan April 23 under which the city will spend up to $500 per instance to get rid of graffiti on private property within the city from Tuesday Converse For Kids Boys
After that, property owners will be required to have graffiti removed at their own expense, although the city will coordinate cleanup with a pre qualified contractor. Or, the city will have it done and bill property owners.
doors and a stone wall.
On Thursday, Green Graffiti Removal co owner Heather Martin sprayed a biodegradable liquid on unwanted markings on a warehouse on Glendale Avenue near the Swannanoa River. After a wait to let the liquid work, Martin scrubbed for a while and then used a pressure washer to get graffiti off of roll up metal Converse Shoes High Tops White
The amount of work involved varies according to the age of the graffiti and the surface it is painted on, she said. Sometimes the only thing to do is to paint over it but often the job is easier.
The city also instituted civil penalties for graffiti vandals and called on the state General Assembly to increase criminal punishments for the crime.
"We know that quick removal is one of the best deterrents to vandalism," said Cathy Ball, the city's executive director of planning and multimodal transportation.
through Sept. 30.
"This was very bold and it really just overwhelmed me with frustration that this happened," Hoffman said. "As a property owner, to me that's the same kind of thing as someone breaking into my building and taking something."
Dick Hoffman, owner of the warehouse Martin cleaned Thursday, said he is pleased City Council took action and that he favors tougher penalties as well.
That's the theory behind the city's program, which seeks to get graffiti removed or covered up within 48 hours of the time it notifies contractors to go to work. The idea is that quick removal will frustrate graffiti vandals and discourage them from marking more buildings.
The warehouse and Hoffman's retail business it serves, Fire House Casual Living Store, have been hit repeatedly Converse Modern High Top by vandals wielding cans of spray paint.
A bill that passed the state House Monday would make graffiti vandalism a felony if the cost of cleanup is more than $1,000, the person has two prior graffiti vandalism convictions or is convicted of five or more offenses occurring within 60 days. It has yet to be considered by the full Senate.
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"If (graffiti vandals) consider it art, they need to find somebody that'll donate space and let them have at it. I don't react positively at all to them doing it on somebody else's property" without permission, Hoffman said.
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