It has been over a week since I first contacted the Keene Police Department about swastikas on the bikepath, and I felt the need to report on progress: One down, and one to go. One of the two swastikas (the one in picture #1 from my previous blog entry) has been spray painted over, while the one in picture #2 remains. Of course, a lot of offensive material remains and while I am sympathetic to the frustration of the owner (Harry O'Connor who owns a company called Findings in Keene, NH) the best way to stop graffiti is to cover it up ASAP. This removes "the reinforcer" of the graffiti writer who pleasures in "seeing his tag" or work. The New York City Sanitation Dept. and Subway System learned this when they finally cleaned up the New York City Subways for good by scrubbing trains quickly when they became graffitied. The end result: No more graffiti on the subways.
On a more positive note, blog pioneer Jon Udell has made terrific contribution to our community by using google maps to pinpoint "hot spots" that could use some citizen help. Using GPS, google maps, and a digital camera, anyone can now alert fellow citizens where they can help clean up some trash and other problems of that sort. I'm getting my trash bag and heading up there tomorrow, Jon!