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Kansas City takes action to combat graffiti problem along Prospect

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Greater Kansas City LISC is partnering with the city to paint over the graffiti. The city also has a chemical that can be used to remove it. (KCTV5) Greater Kansas City LISC is partnering with the city to paint over the graffiti. The city also has a chemical that can be used to remove it. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

People who drive along Prospect Avenue see a lot of graffiti.

And those living along the roadway say there’s so much graffiti in the area that people can actually see it being outlined and then filled in the next day, and no one seems to be able to catch who is doing it.

But now, the city is taking action, with a new program in the works to clean it all up.

Greater Kansas City LISC is partnering with the city to paint over the graffiti. The city also has a chemical that can be used to remove it.

Another way to deter criminals from vandalism in the first place is to create murals along Prospect Avenue.

But officials say this is about more than fighting crime.

Many say cleaning up the buildings will attract more people and businesses to the area, helping it thrive.

"It feels good,” contractor David Lyman said. “This is our community. This is where we live. This is what we care about. We don't want everybody to think we're just putting it on there and we don't care what it looks like.”

But the project comes with a steep price tag.

“Thousands of dollars, and it doesn't seem like anyone from the city can catch them,” Lyman said. “But the city will send out a notice and say you have graffiti on your building and you have X amount of days to get it off."

Lyman says once places are cleaned up, and the graffiti is painted over, it gives the community a sense of pride they didn’t have before.

The hope is that by partnering with the city, even more buildings can be cleaned up.

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