Prague launches pilot project to remove graffiti from city buildings
Tackling graffiti is a challenge for many cities around the world. By vandalizing properties and sullying public spaces, graffiti diminishes the attractiveness of cities.
Often one can see hate speech sprayed on walls, monuments and properties. Unsurprisingly, this diminishes the quality of life of citizens and gives rise to deeper problems.
Today, the city of Prague has set itself the goal of tackling this problem with a pilot project to remove graffiti from buildings in the city. To achieve this, she entrusted the municipal company Technology of the capital of Prague (THMP) and released a new mobile app where citizens can report vandalism.
“Graffiti in public space has been a long-standing problem, tainting public spaces and destroying public and private property. I am convinced that in addition to correcting vandalism, the project will also have an important preventive role. When sprayers see their designs on surfaces coated with anti-graffiti paint fade away again, they will lose the motivation to continue. explained Councilor Jan Chabr.
Residents of Prague will be able to participate in this pilot project by reporting graffiti to the municipality. To facilitate this, the City of Prague has launched a new mobile application called “Bez Graffiti”.
There, one can consult a list of addresses belonging to buildings belonging to the capital. Additionally, they can use GPS tracking to select properties that have been vandalized. After that, they can request to receive follow-up information on the status of their report and the actions that have been taken.
Once the THMP receives the report, they will visit the site, use a special chemical and a pressure washer to clean the area. Then they will repair the damaged surface and paint on it.
Finally, they will apply a durable anti-graffiti coat that will allow the future spray to be easily washed off.
The pilot project started at the beginning of this summer and is expected to continue until the fall. Following this, the municipality will assess its results and decide whether to extend the project.