Monday, August 18, 2014

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Despite Mayoral Boasts, Gang Graffiti Remains On Lakeview Seawall

Left: Photo of graffiti submitted to the city for removal on July 16.
Right: Same location with today's
Redeye included for timing validation.
The city says the graffiti was removed on July 22.
One month ago, CWB told you about large swaths of gang graffiti that have been plastered on the lakefront seawall near 3700 N. Recreation Drive. The tags are a couple hundred yards from the parking lot where two men were shot in a gang confrontation on July 6.

We reported the markings to the city on the day of our report and the city's Data Portal says the graffiti removal was completed on July 22nd.


None of the graffiti has been removed. In fact, there are even more gang tags now than before.

More graffiti included in our July 16 report (top)
and the same spot today (bottom).
We sent Streets and Sanitation a message about the discrepancy on August 8 and emailed Alderman James Cappleman's office, too. Neither responded.

So, we were particularly amused this afternoon when the City Hall PR factory pumped out a press release headlined, "Mayor Emanuel, Department Of Streets and Sanitation Announce 46 Percent Improvement in Response Times to Graffiti Removal Requests":
“Rapid graffiti removal is one of the best deterrents for future graffiti vandalism,” said
...y mas.
Mayor Emanuel. “By constantly improving our graffiti removal efficiency, decreasing removal response time and increasing graffiti vandalism penalties and fines, Chicago is establishing a comprehensive and effective citywide approach to fight graffiti vandalism in all neighborhoods and keep our neighborhoods clean.”
Of course, it's easy to get those response times down if you click "completed" on tasks that were never actually performed.
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17 comments:

  1. To all the writers and researchers at CWB: You guys are awesome! CWB is the only place we can get the straight story -- it's not pretty and it's not PC. Alderman Cappelman is scheduled to meet with us next Thursday, and I won't hesitate to show him your article re: graffiti.

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    1. Thank you for your support, Anonymous. Be sure to let us know what the alderman has to say. Hate to ask you to do that, but his staff apparently doesn't know how to click "reply" on email.

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  2. :"LOOKING GOOD BILLY RAY".....................TYPICAL. of rahm... he stinks.....im not surprised the city stinks at the handling of graffiti . I was at Ashland and Addison one early morning (5 am) and saw tagging in progress. I called 911. they did nothing. they sent no one. I saw a police officer. I flagged her down. I said these taggers just left in a black Toyota , you can see them down the street. she left , heading back towards the station.. did nothing. I called 911 twice. then I get a call from 911 15 minutes later accusing me of hanging up on them twice. I said that I was reporting a crime in progress. 911 hung up on me...LOL...............good job rahm....................

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    1. wow that female officer didn't do her job?
      Next time get the car number and call a sgt.

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    2. Maybe she had to hurry off to an appointment to get her nails did, or perhaps check some emails or do some texting.

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  3. Fioretti hates graffiti and wants more cops, vote for him.

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    1. He's the only Alderman I'd ever vote for. I hope he's serious about running for mayor.

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    2. Fioretti seems like a cool dude and gives a crap about this city, which is very rare from our Alderman. He and Wags from the 32nd are the only two I'd vote for.

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  4. Rahm's photo-op ego is just too much! I saw him on this evening's news touting how great his graffiti efforts are going. I also saw him on a rerun of "The Great Foodtruck Race" on the Food Network last night judging pizza! I saw him last week on TV planting trees! Just the look of him makes me want to vomit!

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    1. I saw it too. I was thinking what a jag off he is.

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  5. For anyone that believes mayor Rahm take a scroll thru https://twitter.com/Chicago_Tags

    We call you out mayor on your Bravo Serra

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  6. Greetings from 018. Also have reported gang tags in kids playground, about a month ago, to Ald Smith's office. Nice email reply, nothing done.

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    1. Oh dear, didn't you know, all of Michelle's time these days is tied up with organizing her oh-so-useful "roll calls."

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    2. ^ Heh. Good one ...

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    3. A friend says she regularly passes by Michelle Smith's office and each time, she and her staff are always outside smoking.

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  7. Why is it that the government finds ways to fine us if we lie on our income taxes but if we are a politician and blatantly lie, nothing is done except that their lies will get them re-elected? Whether it's about our perception of crime or our perception of graffiti, political correctness forces ALL of us to paraphrase a (Chicago) slogan from Marshall Field, "The customer is always right." Well, now, Tunney, Cappleman, I guess the slogan should be paraphrased to "The criminal is always right."

    I think Commander Voulgaris is a good man, but even HE is hampered by political correctness. I will never forget that at one of the CAPS meetings he said something to the effect of, "If there is a robbery there are TWO people at fault--YOU for not being alert and carrying too many valuables and ME for not providing enough police protection!" I just had to ask, out of turn, "WHAT ABOUT THE CRIMINAL, ISN'T IT HIS FAULT?" Yes, it was admitted, in a blur, that, yes, the criminal did indeed have something to do with the crime.

    What a pitiful time and place we are living in!

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  8. Zero accountability from these asshats. This story should be on the 5 o'clock news all over chicago. Exposing these unaccountable government hacks would be a good start in getting them out of office.

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