Regina officials strip illegal graffiti from Cathedral area
Officials are targeting graffiti in preparation for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival
Graffiti removal is the main goal of a new initiative underway in Regina's Cathedral neighbourhood.
The move to clean up the neighbourhood was motivated by the broken window theory, a theory that suggests enforcing minor crimes will stop the major ones.
"It's always important to remove graffiti," Mayor Michael Fougere said. "If you don't take care of the small things in the neighbourhood things can get out of hand."
"If it's welcome and asked for, it's art."
In 2015, just over 500 incidents of graffiti were reported in Regina.
Regina police chief Troy Hagen said tagging continues to be under reported. Beyond neighbourhood aesthetic, he said graffiti causes grief for individuals.
"If you're the property owner, it's very troubling to come out and see your garage or your fence defaced."
The Cathedral Area Community Association, the Regina Police Service, the City of Regina and other local partners will continue to clean up the graffiti in the Cathedral area with the massive amount of festival attendees in mind.
The Cathedral Arts Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary and runs May 23 to 28.