The Asheville Downtown Association has had some conversations around the issue, and so has the West Asheville Business Association. The issue was also brought up at this weekend’s Asheville City Council retreat.
This all reminds me of the effort city officials put into cracking down on graffiti back in 2007. The Asheville Police Department created a special unit to tackle the problem, which police officials said at the time was connected to increased gang activity. Police actually made several arrests and highlighted those arrests.
Several nonprofits pitched in the paint over the ugly tags, and business owners were also asked to act quickly to remove new graffiti.