This is a Google Maps shot of an apartment building on Hayes Street, a few blocks over from where I work. As you can see it’s from May 2016.
Here’s the same place now. There’s a lot of construction going on. They’re starting with the parking garage because that was probably easiest to tear down and next they’ll tear down the apartment building, probably so they can put up a much larger and more expensive apartment building with little or no room for parking because with all the new apartment buildings going up around the city parking spaces have always been an afterthought, but that’s another story.
It’s not the best or most interesting graffiti I’ve ever seen, but I wondered how long it’s been there. Was it hidden at the back of the parking garage back when people were still in residence or did someone put it there some time after the space was cleared?
Either way it filled an empty space and there’s been a flurry of new graffiti ever since the construction started.
The funny thing is as I was walking around the site I found a guy spray-painting a tarp covering one of the fences on the opposite side. He was covering up some graffiti.
“This is the third time they’ve sent me out here to paint over something,” he said.
I decided not to tell him I find the graffiti in the area interesting. I just said that at least it gave him something to do. He laughed.
“Yeah. Every time they put somethin’ up I get to come out here and cover it up.”
And every time he covers it up he creates an empty space for them to put up something new.