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Graffiti Stuck on Buildings Because of Cold Weather

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OMAHA (KPTM)- It's a neighborhood that's been tagged and tagged again.

Graffiti litters every street corner near 20th and Vinton, and people in the area can't do anything about it.

"Biggest problems we have right now in the winter is that it's so cold that we can't power wash and we can't paint," said Larry Ferguson.

Ferguson said he's lived near 17th and Vinton since the late ‘80s and said graffiti has popped up in the last ten years.

"Graffiti is a type of thing that just destroys neighborhoods," said Ferguson.

Ferguson said taggers aren't just using spray paint and markers now.

"Taking a diamond and etching their moniker right into the glass," said Ferguson. "I have it on my windows and you know the cost to replace that window-is $400."

Ferguson said he's spent thousands of dollars over the years to cover up graffiti. He said he photographs all the graffiti in his neighborhood and helps cover it up.

"Paint freezes before it can cure. If we go out there right now and it's five degrees above zero, put the paint on, the paint is frozen and it doesn't actually adhere to the wall, so then the paint just pales right off," said Ferguson.

Ferguson said once graffiti is up, more follows. "The next gang will come over and put that out to show how, hey, we're top dogs here."

He said he will have to wait for warmer temperatures to cover up the vandalism. Until then, he uses paper or plastic to hide it.

"The tag is still there, but it's not quite as visible," said Ferguson.


Written By: Maureen Wurtz

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