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The Rosemont Avenue Bridge was defaced with black spray paint this week - again. The Borough's decades-old battle again aerosol spray painting on the bridge happens about four or five times a year. The repaint and clean up every time is the Borough's financial responsibility.
This time the vandals were poorly skilled and poorly spelled and they didn't leave behind a bit of promising street art. And maybe that's the problem; if the color of the Rosemont Avenue Bridge is so visually unappealing that it needs to be regularly defaced, maybe offering up the bridge as a street art canvas could solve the issue.
Street art has appeal. It's no longer about scrawling on the walls with markers and spray paints, it's urban mural paintings, corporate artists, and small-fry designers with personal computers making big profits.
I don't yet know why Ridley Park doesn't offer up their free space to street artists; maybe it will. The results could be more pleasing then the vandals work this week, plus it might save Ridley Park's residents the wasted man hours it spends to defend the paint-and-paint-over battle ground on the Rosemont Avenue Bridge.
Anyone with information about this vandalism should contact Ridley Park Police, or Dial 911. Anyone with suggestions on how to solve this challenge should comment here, or contact your Borough Council member.
Photo's by Hailey King