Neighbors’ patience shrinks as building’s graffiti problem grows

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DENVER -- Neighbors said they are fed up with the growing graffiti problem on a vacant building on Kalamath Street. They've filed multiple reports with the city, but a spokesman said there's a reason crews have left it untouched.

Jeffrey Beall passes by the building every day on his way to work. Almost every side of the building is now covered in graffiti.

"I feel a bit ashamed actually. This is my neighborhood and it's going downhill," Beall said. "I don't know if this is gang graffiti or if it's just professional taggers taking advantage of the situation or the lack of enforcement."

Beall said when graffiti appeared on the wall in the past, he reported it and the city removed it within a few weeks. Now, he said he has submitted three reports during the past few months and the graffiti has not only stayed up, it's also gotten worse.

"It's blighted. It hurts the neighborhood. The more graffiti there is in a neighborhood, the more it appears. It kind of grows," Beall said.

A spokesman said the graffiti issue is on the city's radar. But the building is owned by a bank and the gate around the building is locked.

The spokesman said the city is having a tough time getting in contact with someone at the bank to unlock the gate and allow workers to get onto the property to remove the graffiti.

The city said as soon as the bank unlocks the gate, crews will remove it.

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