Residents take action to clean up graffiti

PHOENIX - About 10 years ago, Laura Robins noticed graffiti popping up in her neighborhood of Deer Valley Park.

"It detracts from the look of the neighborhood. It kind of downgrades it. If people come there and want to live there, they'll see all this mess on the walls," said Robins.

She took action by simply painting over the graffiti with paint rollers. But a program through the city of Phoenix called the "Graffiti Busters," which handles graffiti cleanup, teaches residents like Laura how to use a heavy-duty paint sprayer that will, without a doubt, erase the graffiti for good.

"It was a lot of homeowners that came to us," said Gary Brown, who works for the program and taught a small group how to use the sprayer Saturday morning near 35th and Clarendon avenues.  "We've been to their properties probably like six or seven times within a month. So they started asking us for paint to take care of it on their own."

About a group of ten today were trained on the sprayer. After today, they'll be able to rent one out for free from the city to clean up graffiti in their own neighborhood.

For Laura, the hard work pays off when you see the final product.

"It feels great. I mean, it's nice to be able to, you know, have some impact," said Robins.

The city offers the free training class every other month.

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