Volunteers wipe out graffiti at problem spot

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- It’s no Springwater Corridor, but a natural area off of Tualatin Valley Highway in Beaverton had become a camping spot for homeless people.

The natural area has been reclaimed, and on Thursday a group of volunteers went up an overpass area, wiping out graffiti.

Beaverton police partnered with a group of Home Depot volunteers to paint over the tagging, which had been painted over before but made a comeback. There is what some might say is artistry in the graffiti, but there's plenty of nastiness too. And it's all vandalism, to an ODOT overpass.

“They're not getting paid for this. It's fantastic that we have a bunch of employees that are willing to come out and help the community. And especially with the Beaverton Police Department, they've been very, very good to us," said Andrew Higdon, who is a Home Depot employee who helped coordinate the “Team Depot” project.   

And then the paint got a special clear coat finish that makes spray paint hard to stick.  Beaverton police appreciated the help. They say getting rid of graffiti here will help end other issues in the area.

“If you don't get rid of it, it comes back and then that creates more problems. This was a hangout area where we had transients and camps and they'd make fires and (cause) all sort of different problems,” said veteran Beaverton officer Mark Barrowcliff.


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