Living adjacent the freeway has until now offered a variety of unpleasant downsides. Obviously the noise, though itís not as bad as you might think. Secondly, the dust. Iíve resigned myself to the fact that the house is never going to be clean. Lastly, the long-term impact on my cardiovascular system. None of these could be outweighed by the ability to make 101 traffic advisories from my living room.
But now itís all worthwhile. I can sleep easy at night knowing that someone (R Jick or Sock?) is tagging mere feet from my head! Iíll never hear it happening (thereís a freeway right there for god sakes), but I’ll know soon enough. Last time, the city had it painted over within a day (tax dollars at work), but the wall offers such great exposure and easy access, Iíve no doubt it will happen again and again and again.
Iím no big fan of tagging (are these elaborate paintings even considered tags?), nor do I have much of a grasp on the culture, but I wonder if these urban artists might have any interest in doing us the honor of adorning our wall with a city-sanctioned mural? It would benefit them with a permanent venue for their work and benefit the community (no more tax dollars working). If so, just knockÖprovided it isnít too late.
Update: Caltrans was already out this morning to paint over the graffiti. I guess itís not city jurisdiction because itís inside the freeway corridor? Is that right? Anyway, Caltrans has got to be the most efficient agency in California; they were in and out in like fifteen minutes. Thanks guys, see you next week! And thanks to Councilman Garcetti for the helpful offer. Feels good to get attention.