Tuesday, July 31, 2007

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Campaign Sign

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Normally the rule is that in order for it to count, the object must be permanent and stationary. No Dumpsters or cars -- could have been tagged elsewhere. But this was just so insane that I had to post it. Also, it had been moved since I first saw it. When I first saw it, it was still attached to a post and standing upright outside the Federal Way School District bus lot on 320th. When I went to take photos this morning, it was inside an upside-down Wal*Mart cart someone had left on the side of the road. (Random shopping carts far from their stores is another issue for another day.) I removed it from the cart, snapped the shot and then put it back in the cart because there were no nearby garbage cans. (Another complaint - the walk button is missing from one side of the intersection.)

At least it wasn't one of the many "Hope for Federal Way" signs because that would have just been far too ironic.

It seems that anywhere near a bus stop the level of graffiti goes way up. Perhaps suspected taggers should have their belongings searched while on the bus.

Fence (89)

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Fence in front of an apartment complex. At the top of construction, either it's been there awhile or access is easier than it looks from across the street. (map)

Gas Pump (88)

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This isn't even the most remote pump or something, this is one of the inner pumps. What, did they just get bored while filling up the tank? This is at the Shell station. (map)

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Someone wandered out onto the new carpool exit overpass (which doesn't even appear on the Google satellite photo yet) and spray-painted right next to the signage. It's been there for several weeks and it's obviously a difficult one to snap a photo of, but I finally remembered to hand over my phone ask someone to quickly snap the shot at the stop sign. (map)

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Apologies

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My apologies to everyone for the slowness of updates as of late. I was leaving town on a short vacation just as the story was picked up. (I've seen mentions in the New York Times, International Herald Times and Tacoma News Tribune's blog as a possible future story, and someone's mentioned that they saw it on the Wall St. Journal Online.)

I've got more recent photos to add that I've snapped, I've got a lot of updating to do on the map and I saw a few big areas I'll try to cover in the next week or so. Some are way out of my way so I may not get to them as quickly as I'd like. As always, please keep sending in your photos and notes when you see it.

Thanks!
James

Letter - Post Office Hit; Costs Taxpayers Thousands (151)

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Post Office Hit; Costs Taxpayers Thousands

Hello Concerned Citizens of Federal Way,

I just wanted to let you know what happened at the Federal Way Post Office (32829 Pacific Highway S.) in the early morning hours of July 28th. I am a Letter Carrier working out of the FWPO, and also citizen of FW. I am deeply concerned about the menace of graffiti plaguing our city, and have spoken before the city council on the issue in the past. When we arrived at work this morning we discovered that a tagger or tagging crew had entered the secure area where we keep all of our postal vehicles. The gate had been opened around 4 am to let in the large trucks delivering mail to be sorted for delivery today. Sometime between 4 and 4:30 am the taggers entered and proceeded to tag at least 17 of our postal vehicles with large tags reading KZ FOO in bright orange, and some other indecipherable tags in purple. They tagged the hoods, sides, windshields and even the side mirrors. We were able to remove much of the paint using gasoline, but we estimate that the damage done is in the thousands of dollars. One of the arriving clerks was able to get a look at one of the taggers as he was attempting to flee the crime scene.

He was described as an Asian male around 14 or 15 years old with a bad complexion, and short hair. The clerk also stated that he was carrying an orange backpack. The FW Police were called as well as the U.S. Postal Inspectors. Hopefully if the perpetrator is ever caught he will be charged with a federal offense as the crimes were committed on federal property.

Just think about the brazenness of this attack. Most of the citizens of our city look to the Postal Service and the Letter Carriers as symbols of normalcy and decency in our community. These nihilistic punks are striking at the very heart of what binds us together as citizens and townspeople.

The fact that these criminals feel that they can operate with such impunity makes us wonder at the efficacy of our law enforcement efforts to stop them. I know that the city council has made efforts as of late to address the graffiti onslaught, and they should be applauded for these, but one cant help wondering if this is enough.

As the city council debates endlessly about issues involving developing a city core, high rise condominiums, and traffic flow, the city continues to deteriorate before our eyes. High rise buildings? A real downtown? What does it even matter if these new developments are destined to be covered with graffiti, blasted with ultra-low frequency bass from thug boomcars, and have panhandlers on every corner.

Is there more we can do as citizens? I think the FW Graffiti website is fantastic as gives us a place to share our concerns, but we can do more. How about citizen patrols during the hours of darkness. We could have volunteers equipped with police radios patrolling the high impact graffiti areas. What about businesses and citizens offering rewards to catch the most prolific offenders. I can assure you that there are dozens of teens who know exactly who the perpetrators are just by seeing their distinctive tags. Maybe we could offer $300 or $500 to those who would turn these criminals in. Do we need a curfew in Federal Way? Based on the amount of damage done during the overnight hours it would seem to be a good idea. We have to let the city council know that these are things that affect us on a day to day basis, and that we want to see them resolved.

Thank you for reading this rather long letter, but I know there are those of you out there who feel the way I do about the state of our city. As a person who works here, lives here, and is raising my children here, I care about the quality of life in Federal Way. Please join me to help take back our city from the thugs and taggers who would do their best to destroy everything we hold valuable.

MRM

Letter - Sacajawea Middle School area hit hard

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Sacajawea Middle School area hit hard

You probably already know this but there is a lot of graffiti by Sacajawea Middle School: Most recently I noticed the reader board at Sac was tagged with white paint.

On Dash Point Road, across the street from the school on utility poles, there was lots of graffiti on yellow/black vertical signs attached to the poles. The signs have been replaced, but new graffiti showed up on the poles. Also, the utility box by Marine Hills sign on 11th Place South and Dash Point had graffiti, I’m quite sure.

The retaining wall in between Sac and Christ’s Church had smiley faces… at least 50. They have been removed.

The Marine Hills Dentistry office had their custom sign tagged, and other spots, inc. the fence and building on that site.

Dr. Lynn Whimpey’s office complex on 16th Avenue by FWHS had his building heavily tagged. Of course, across the street at the old Chinese restaurant and Hideaway Casino on Pac Hwy is heavily tagged.

Marine Hills has tags throughout the neighborhood too, including our mailbox a couple months ago. Fortunately, my husband was able to remove the paint.

I would suggest having cameras at certain spots to catch these property-defacers. If Federal Way has hired someone to eliminate tagging, they are not able to do a decent job as yet, since the tagging has increased rapidly… and property values are decreasing. Who wants to live in a heavily tagged neighborhood??

The local newspapers should carry a map of graffiti sites that’s been updated. If the NYTimes can publish such a map, certainly the people of FW should be warned and informed, or embarrassed!
SL

(Ed: I believe it was Ms. Howard's article in the Federal Way Mirror which led to the publicity in the New York Times, International Herald Times, Wall St. Journal Online and The Tacoma News Tribune. I'm extremely grateful for the publicity in all if it helps raise awareness of the issue so that more people can rise up and fight for a more beautiful Federal Way. If anyone has photos of the above mentioned areas that they could submit, I would be grateful - this is an area of town I don't find myself in very often.)

Mailbox (86)

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Both times, the mailbox was repainted by resident. Submitted by HL. (map)

Local boy (mapper) makes good

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BLOG.THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM -- New mapping tools are changing the way people use the web - and fast. Hopefully you've seen Exit 133's condo development map and our free wifi hotspot map. But what about James Lamb's Federal Way graffiti map (and corresponding blog)? More...

Friday, July 27, 2007

With Tools on Web, Amateurs Reshape Mapmaking

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NYTIMES.COM --With the help of simple tools introduced by Internet companies recently, millions of people are trying their hand at cartography, drawing on digital maps and annotating them with text, images, sound and videos.

In the process, they are reshaping the world of mapmaking and collectively creating a new kind of atlas that is likely to be both richer and messier than any other. More...

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Symphony / Crime

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The Federal Way News had a pair of articles today of interest. First, more about the Symphony project, including a much larger artist's rendering. Also, they report on crime statistics in Federal Way. Bottom line, the police department was founded in 1996. Between 1996 and 2006, crime has dropped 12.5% while population rose 14%.

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Two boxes right next to each other. (map)

Monday, July 23, 2007

Campus Ridge Park (61)

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This park is routinely attacked by petty juveniles from a nearby neighborhood. It's a private park owned by Campus Ridge, but at least one neighbor won't even take her children to the park any more because of what these jerks have written. CAUTION: Language alert. Link through to gallery created by another neighbor. Rumor is that the police will be paying a visit to the homes of those responsible. Hopefully we'll have an update before too long. (Map)

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Federal Way News

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Friends of the Hylebos has photos of the boardwalk re-construction.

The City of Federal Way has picked the "Symphony" product (PDF) from United Properties. I'm glad, it was the project I was hoping they'd pick.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Utility Box (73)

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Fence (70)

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Monday, July 16, 2007

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Guardrail (65)

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

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