Wednesday, February 29, 2012

One-Woman Cleanup Crew Fights Berkeley Graffiti

Berkeleyside reports today on Jane Tierney, "a one-woman graffiti fighting army."
She regularly cleans fences and buildings around the Thousand Oaks neighborhood in Berkeley where she lives, and also patrols the shops and mailboxes in the retail corridor of Solano Avenue looking for graffiti and tags to remove.
I'm all for cleaning up tagging on buildings, fences and mailboxes, but the photo gave me pause: She's cleaning a stop sign!

Photo courtesy of Berkeleyside

In fairness, it doesn't appear that this stop sign had a real message — just an ugly tag — but it seems like this form of graffiti should be protected speech in Berkeley.