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Graffiti Cleanup Day Aims to Keep Duluth Beautiful

Baihly Warfield
Updated: May 16, 2018 06:31 PM

On a beautiful Duluth morning, crews were out making sure Duluth stays beautiful.

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Duluth police officers, firefighters, park rangers and volunteers spread out across the city for the annual graffiti cleanup day. 

“Between the patrol officers and some of the other officers, they've just been taking note over the last several weeks of where there is graffiti and some things that need to be cleaned up,” DPD Records Support Staff Kathy Pederson said.

She said there were a few areas where it’s concentrated, like on the Oliver Bridge and a few blocks of the East Hillside neighborhood. 

“Some of it seems to be kind of vulgar, but some of it is just flowers and things like that,” she explained. 

Pederson and her team painted the Oliver Bridge area beige. Other volunteers used special wipes to clean stop signs, fire hydrants and the like. 

Although she hasn’t done the graffiti cleanup in years past, Pederson said it was important to do because people feel uneasy when they see it.

"When people come into our city, or even people who live here, when you drive by and you see those kind of things, it kind of gives you an impression of things that aren't being taken care of,” Pederson said. “And that's not the impression we want in our city."

The Duluth Parks Department also helps take care of graffiti year-round.

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