Utility Box Wrapping

2014 Utility Box Wrapping Project

The intent of this program is to assist communities and neighborhood-based organizations with community focused projects that have an emphasis on anti-graffiti education, graffiti prevention, and rapid abatement of graffiti in areas throughout the city that are frequently vandalized with graffiti. Last fall, the Uptown Association executed a similar wrapping project (seen below) and frequent inventorying has resulted in a 25% reduction in graffiti tagging.

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 2013 Utility Box Wrapping Project

art_outside_photoThe Uptown Association was awarded the Innovative Graffiti Prevention Micro Grant from the City of Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling Division in 2014.

In 2013, the Uptown Association was awarded the Innovate Graffiti Prevention Micro Grant from the City of Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling Division. The intent of the program was to assist communities and neighborhood organizations with community focused projects that have an emphasis on anti-graffiti education, graffiti prevention and rapid abatement of graffiti in areas throughout the City that are frequently vandalized with graffiti.

In a business district and neighborhood community, appearances are everything-trash and graffiti make the area seem rundown and unsafe. It is essential to uphold Uptown’s image as a safe, environmentally responsible and well maintained commercial and resi­dential area in order to be prosperous. In order to include Uptown businesses and residents in an effort to collaboratively combat graffiti and other vandalism, this project focuses on wrapping utility boxes in the CARAG neighborhood which is an eligible neighbor­hood for the purposes of this grant. Through clean-up, utility box wrapping, and an educational activity, the Uptown Association’s project will both reduce graffiti and improve the quality of life in the CARAG neighborhood.

Wrap installation occurred in October of 2013.

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Click here to view photos of the event and wrapped boxes

A walking tour was held in November of 2013 with presentations from city officials about current graffiti trends in our city, as well as prevention tactics.

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