Feeling protective of our neighborhood, my husband and I can't stand it when we encounter graffiti. Unfortunately, this is an occurrence that is all too common when living in El Cajon. Although there are many targets, there was one poor house on the western side of Mollison Avenue, close to Park Street, that seemed like it was always being singled out by taggers since it has a long expanse of street-side fencing. Every week, I'd spot new graffiti that would get cleaned up only to have more new graffiti pop up once again. The most memorable was when I drove by to find a giant penis spray painted along the expanse. Perhaps that was the last straw, because it seemed like soon afterward, the once tempting blank canvas was reclaimed as an official canvas with a purpose. See the picture below for the multi-panel mural featuring various historical scenes of El Cajon that now adorns the fencing.
|What used to be an eyesore is now a great tribute to El Cajon!|
One block down toward Broadway, on the same side of Mollison Avenue, you may or may not notice another mural that was added at the same time. This mural camouflages the fence so well that it appears to be just part of a natural landscape.
|Do you notice the fence? Luckily, taggers don't seem to anymore.|
|If you watched this mural unfold through "drafts," you'll agree it is a relief that it ended up as it did!|
To any fellow El Cajon residents, if you happen to be a victim of graffiti, please take action quickly! The best way to combat this vandalism is by swiftly removing it. Luckily, the city of El Cajon seems to be very receptive to helping residents tackle this problem. They have a Graffiti Abatement Program with a hotline that you can call to report incidences and to even get help with free removal. In addition, if you have any tips on the perpetrators, you can anonymously submit tips through Crime Stoppers.
Here's to keeping our streets clean and safe!