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New methods to fight graffiti in Austin

AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) -- The city of Austin is trying a different approach when it comes to graffiti removal in town.  In parts of Austin there is graffiti on fences, buildings, homes, and benches, but several volunteer driven community pride initiatives can help make Austin look nicer.

The city asked for volunteers to help scrub or sandblast graffiti in parts of town, but the response wasn't great so the city changed it up a bit and it seems to be catching on.  Now the city is looking for artists or anyone that is creative to make some art over the preexisting graffiti.

"Not many people came forward to scrub and get it all sandblasted and then all you have done is created a clean slate for them to come back and do it again," said project lead Geoff Smith. "We're hoping that people will find it more interesting, more fun really to come out and paint something."

People interested can contact the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and will be given an area to paint. On a related note, the 8th annual community pride day runs from 9 a.m. to Noon Saturday, April 26 to help clean-up the town.

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