The battle against tagging reaches new heights in East LA

tougher anti-graffiti ordinances and penalties being adopted in the County.”

The coating, which does not prevent graffiti but makes it easier to clean off, was one of several features intended to thwart vandals. The murals and vines covering the cinder block walls surrounding the station lot on Rowan Avenue north of Avenida Cesar Chavez were designed to minimize “blank” space attractive to taggers. Eventually, the murals themselves will be covered by vines and foliage to make it difficult to tag.

In addition to taggers armed with spray paint cans, the bus stop builders also sought to thwart vandals of the flying variety by encrusting many flat surfaces with bird spikes. Maybe that anti-graffiti coating doesn’t protect against bird poop.

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