Cincinnati business districts tackling graffiti tags

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - City leaders are sending a message to graffiti vandals in Cincinnati.

The non-profit organization, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful (KCB), is establishing graffiti-free 'zones' in four of the city's hardest hit areas thanks to a $5,000 grant from Lowe's Home Improvement.

Business owners in CUF, Corryville, Northside and Walnut Hills received graffiti removal kits to help the city remove the graffiti 'tags'. Included in the kits were paint brushes and rollers, rags, gloves, spray paint, graffiti removal solvent and color matched paint.

One area in the established zones has reached more than 550 tags within half of a mile.

Volunteers from Lowe's and others in the community plan to take down all graffiti within these zones and try to maintain clean business districts.

'The goal of the graffiti vandal is to 'tag' as many places as possible, the more dangerous the better', said Linda Holterhoff, Executive Director of KCB. 'If their tags come down before they have a chance to show them off, they will quit coming around to that area'.

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful has also developed a debate program to educate high school students where previously caught vandals attend school.

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