Graffiti Growing in Columbia
"I see new graffiti I'd say probably on a weekly basis downtown," Buchroeder President Mills Menser said.
The graffiti is appearing on the sides of buildings, in the alleyways, and even on signs.
"Me personally, I don't mind it. I think it's art and freedom of expression," Columbia resident Sam Southerland said.
Others say these actions are signs of vandalism.
"It's not your property and you go mark on someone's," Columbia resident Robert Thorpe said.
Some Columbia residents are concerned that the graffiti downtown will affect the city's image. They also worry that the graffiti may be gang-related. Residents and business owners want to get rid of and prevent the graffiti."
"My thought is it's probably done between 3 or 4 in the morning, or really early, when everything else has died down. So, I think we need more security downtown," Menser said.
The Columbia Police Department has no indication the downtown graffiti is gang-related. A representative says it's just ongoing vandalism.