Anti-graffiti conference taking place in Halifax

More than 100 people are taking part in TAGS, an anti-graffiti conference that brings together police, city employees and businesses who are desperate to find ways to deal with graffiti.

Some people say having more murals or creative spaces would give graffiti artists a creative outlet

You don't have to look far to find graffiti in Halifax. (Carolyn Ray/CBC)

More than 100 people are taking part in TAGS, an anti-graffiti conference being held in Halifax which brings together police, city employees and businesses who are desperate to find ways to deal with graffiti.

In a single year, the city spends over $400,000 cleaning up graffiti.

"Graffiti is just an eyesore," said Karla Nicholson of the Quinpool Road Business Association.

She says an estimated 30,000 cars drive down Quinpool Road every day, so it's vital to prevent graffiti from becoming a problem on the road.

"Last year we had a great year," she said. "For the first time since I've been doing the job for seven years, we were under budget. This year has been a very hard year."

Nicholson says weekly clean ups are happening right now. She says the association spends as much $8,000 a year to clean up Quinpool. The association holds fundraisers and asks for contributions from businesses to foot the bill.

Some participants at the conference see the solution in art. They say Halifax has few murals or creative spaces and that would give graffiti artists an outlet for their creativity.

This is the first time TAGS has been held on the East Coast.