Wednesday, July 29, 2015

THAT'S BETTER: After First Doing Nothing, City Zaps Gang Tags

After CWB Chicago reported large swaths of gang tags along the lakefront to the city for removal on July 16, the city closed our service requests out and marked them complete—even though they had done absolutely nothing.

We reported on the lack of effort over the weekend.

Now, we can happily report, the tags have been obliterated—painted over with a thick layer of beige paint.
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20 comments:

  1. Thanks guys!
    The "City that Works" only seems to work when someone sorts through the BS like CWB!

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  2. interesting that they didn't sand blast the paint off, rather painted over it. It may have been a quick park district fix rather than graffiti blasters.

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    1. Nope, that's the beige paint of graffiti blasters.

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    2. Works for me either way. Good riddance.

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  3. GOOD. at least you used the power of social media for something good.... great job and thanks

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  4. Well done. Never underestimate the power of the (word)press. Keep it up.

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  5. I rarely give the city the benefit of the doubt, but is it possible they log these as "completed" when they give the order to the crew and there's a lag associated with it being physically executed?

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    1. Last year, we waited a month before checking back. Then we ran a follow-up calling the city out for closing our cases without doing the work. The city sent someone very quickly after our second report.

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    2. Well at least it shows that they read the blog. Hi city government!

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    3. Whether it's the responsible department (Streets and San?) or City Hall closing out legitimate complaints like these without doing anything, it's wrong.

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    4. My local pothole took 6 service requests.

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  6. They probably mark them complete once they schedule them to be removed. That's a common practice.

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  7. Is there a better way to get rid of these? When you see paint jobs like that, you can tell that it's just a Band-Aid pretty easily.

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    1. It does look horrible. There are a few nice buildings that are ruined in my opinion.

      I say they get rid of the taggers. Permanently.

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  8. Wow - looks lovely. NOT

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  9. Thank you, CWB!

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  10. Now what happens when a gang comes along that adopts as their logo a thick layer of beige paint?

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    1. That would be amazing. Landlords would hire them to tag the inside of their apartments. Win-win.

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  11. Instead of a "DANGER: SUBMERGED ROCKS" sign, replace it with a sign that reads: "GANGMEMBERS: YOU ARE A PUSSY IF ARE AFRAID TO DIVE IN RIGHT HERE!"

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  12. It's like the dead tree in the parkway leaning on my house. I tried for 2 years to get it removed. Branches were falling all over. After the second year they sent someone out from the forestry division and they gave me a card (that I still have today) that stated that after their inspection - get this - the tree was alive and well and there was nothing they could about it. The 3rd year I saw a city crew trimming trees down the street, I asked them to take a look at the tree and showed them the card from the inspection a year before. After they got a good belly laugh out of it they said they would be back after they finished down the street. The tree was taken down in about 1 hour and used for mulch, Don't forget that property taxes are due August 1st . . . .We must do our share.

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