Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - By zak - 3 comments

Fighting Graffiti with Graffiti

Sometimes a fix takes a different shape than you would imagine–in the case of Issue 34124, that shape was a "tribal pattern," as one user described it. Behold the exotic 'before' and 'after' that took place on a Fair Haven fence, as documented on SeeClickFix.

In late April, a fixer from New Haven's Fair Haven neighborhood reported that a local fence had been tagged. While she probably had hoped that someone would remove the graffiti, today a photo of the current state of the tag was added to the issue page. It appears as if an artsy neighbor has reworked the vandal text into a creation more "experimental art project" than "ghetto," said one fixer.

The graffiti has been covered up by the beginnings of a mural. A curvy, organic shape–like a large sunflower reaching out with spiny tendrils–has replaced the rather mundane and unimaginative letters that once blemished the wall.

The issue hasn't been closed yet, so it's unclear whether or not the community considers this to be a true fix. But at least one neighbor says that she's "open to creative suggestions."


  1. Really cool. Thanks for this post.

  2. Ben, this is great! Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  3. Ben says:

    Agreed! I really love the effects of open governance on block level innovation. From frustration comes innovation.

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