Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Clean up your backyard!

Metro magazine is complaining that the grafffiti alongside the railway tracks makes it sick. The Auckland City Council, complaining that painting out graffiti is costing ratepayers $1.2m a year, says it needs to find new ways to battle it and get businesses to take more responsibility for wiping it out quickly. As Metro points out, who runs the rail tracks and surrounding environment makes it hard to deteremine who should be responsible for cleaning up the tagging.
Strangely enough I'm enjoying the graffiti and just wish it was more interesting -like the early hip hop street art in New York, those wild style train carriages. It can get boring looking out the window at the messy backyards of Auckland homes - although the train windows have been so dirty this week, it's hard to see anything but window grime. Will Metro and the authorities start demanding that Aucklanders bordering on the rail tracks clean up their back yard, do some weeding and stop stringing their washing over the fence? Probably.
And has anyone else noticed the homeless people living in some of those graffiti-strewn areas along the tracks - including one makeshift hole near the Kingsland station and another just before Boston Rd where a number of us noticed human movement when the train stopped because of a signal problem mid-station recently.
On the iPod: Sonic Youth's Goo
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Blogger Charles said...

Miles you might need to clean up your own backyard judging from the blog-spam in this post.

My favorite piece of railside junk is the toilet pan on somebidy's back fence opposite the outbound Baldwin platform.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Miles said...

Thanks Charles. I have now waged war on comment spam!

4:58 PM  

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