More than a dozen TAG volunteers, clad in bright yellow t-shirts prepped, primed and painted the square trash cans black, erasing years of graffiti.
"We wanted to start with a project that was manageable, yet made a high visual impact," said Missy Rosenfeld member of the Carrick Community Council and the organizer of the group. "Our next paint out will target another aspect of the graffiti problem in our community."
Ms. Rosenfeld has worked with the local police, the South Side Graffiti Watch and the City of Pittsburgh Dept. of Public Works Graffiti Busters to identify graffiti. She also contacted other anti-graffiti groups from as far away as the state of California to consult on effective and safe removal practices.
TAG volunteers signed up at recent Carrick Community Council meetings to help rid the area of graffiti. Donations were made by State Rep. Harry Readshaw, State Senator Jay Costa, District Judge Richard King, councilmen Jim Motznik and Bruce Kraus, Bai Ling Chinese Restaurant, All Ads Up, and Westmoreland Paint and Supply.
TAG recommends that property owners who have been victimized by graffiti vandals file a police report and remove the graffiti as soon as possible.