Halifax’s Quinpool Centre target of graffiti

Frustrations fly after repeated offences

Leah Nicholas points to tags on NSLC
Leah Nicholas, a security and maintenance worker at Quinpool Centre, points to tags on the building. Photo: Thoshlae Smith

A shopping centre on Quinpool Road in Halifax was targeted by graffiti artists over the weekend.

Leah Nicholas, a security and maintenance worker at Quinpool Centre, said 16 graffiti tags were put on the building.

The tags took two hours to clean up, she said.

Nicholas said the building, which houses Atlantic Superstore and an NSLC outlet, is vandalized with graffiti as often as once a week.

“For whatever reason they’re doing it, it’s a pain in the butt,” said Nicholas. “Whatever they’re trying to achieve is not being achieved because if they go out at 3 o’clock in the morning I go out at 7 o’clock and take it down.”

Although the police were not called, Nicholas said building maintenance staff are checking the security cameras.

Halifax Regional Police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages said that without a formal complaint, it is hard to investigate graffiti incidents.

“It’s upsetting and it reflects poorly on businesses,” said Karla Nicholson, general manager of the Quinpool Road Business Association. Nicholson says the association works with police by reporting graffiti incidents and helping to identify taggers.

The Atlantic Superstore on Quinpool Road was the scene of  a graffiti incident on the weekend. Photo: Thoshlae Smith
The Atlantic Superstore on Quinpool Road was the scene of a graffiti incident on the weekend. Photo: Thoshlae Smith

Nicholson estimates that business owners spend up to $7,000 a year to clean graffiti on Quinpool Road.

The city of Halifax is making an effort to combat graffiti. Last October was the first meeting of TAGS, an anti-graffiti conference including police, business owners and city workers.

The city spends an estimated $400,000 each year cleaning up graffiti, according to the CBC.

The tags from this weekend appeared to be signatures.

Christopher Zinck, building manager of Quinpool Centre, said, “I don’t like to have graffiti on the building because people often tag the same spots. For example, the liquor store was tagged three times.”

Although the NSLC is part of the Quinpool Centre, they clean their own graffiti.

Managers say they are doing everything in their power to clean up the tags quickly because they will discourage future taggers.

 

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