Reader report: Someone who cared enough … to paint

Out of the WSB inbox, from Paul (the report he refers to from yesterday can be found here):

The 6053 California property, that you have (run yesterday) in your blog, has been continually attacked by taggers and graffiti. It had a severe attack again last week on the opposite 2 sides that were shown in your picture.

Saturday afternoon, when I drove into the alley I spotted a man with paint and roller next to his car. I was suspicious and approached him in my gruffest block-watch-nosey-neighbor way. He said hello and said he hated graffiti and was going to paint. This caught me completely off guard. I asked him if he was a new property manager. He said no, he was just a concerned neighbor that lived on 66th. (? this was a little vague).

But anyway, he took white paint and covered all the graffiti and cleaned the paint off a local contractor’s panel truck. It was a miracle! Never has a stranger drove in that alley to do good.

I am ashamed that I did not pay closer attention to the man’s name but I want to see that his efforts are recognized. I would like to thank Dick from 66th ave. (?) for painting and cleaning the alley along 6053 California. Thank you. Your efforts have encouraged me.

I was going to send you a picture of a blank white brick wall to go along with this story. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

3 Replies to "Reader report: Someone who cared enough ... to paint"

  • que April 15, 2008 (6:46 pm)

    Sea View Methodist Church (home of Lincoln Park Co-op Preschool) which is only about 4 blocks west of this building was also hit pretty hard by taggers. They were able to contact the city and get some help in removing the tags, but folks should be aware that this is going on and be diligent about getting rid of the graffiti quickly.

    Thanks for the nice news about a good neighbor!

  • Lou April 15, 2008 (8:36 pm)

    Ummm…where is 66th?

  • WSB April 15, 2008 (9:54 pm)

    Lou, that’s why we put in the question marks … in a subsequent e-mail exchange with Paul, he acknowledged he probably misheard the street. Just adds to the mystery :)

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