Echo Park residents living near Echo Park Avenue and Duane Street awoke on Christmas morning to find find walls and doors covered with gang tagging. Photographer Gary Leonard took some shots to show the extent of the vandalism. Last week, many Angelino Heights residents also faced a mess in the morning, with gang tagging found up and down Douglas, Kellam and other streets.
Does it seem like tagging picks up during the holidays? Central City Action Committee – the non profit that cleans up tagging and graffiti in Echo Park, Highland Park and other neighborhoods – received about 70 requests for service via the city’s 311 system between Dec. 23 – 26, said Central City staff member and Echo Park resident Gloria Sohacki. “Just from walking in the neighborhood I saw a lot more graffiti but I have no way to determine how much more until I get the logs back from the crews on Monday,” she said via email. “I can do a comparison from last year for the same date and hopefully give you a more or less answer.”
Regardless of when it appears, tagging can be painted over by calling the city at 311 or by filing a request online.
Photos by Gary Leonard