Graffiti vandals already defaced Detroit’s first official dog park, less than two weeks after it opened near the Michigan Central Station in Corktown.
The Detroit Dog Park was the culmination of three years of painstaking work to find an ideal location and to clear bureaucratic hurdles.
So organizers were dismayed to discover graffiti strewn on several signs Thursday at 2301 17th St. next to Roosevelt Park.
“I’m obviously a little upset,” said Mary Lorene Carter, president of the Detroit Dog Park. “We worked very hard to make something nice for the neighborhood.”
Graffiti vandalism has grown exponentially over the past year in Detroit – and so too have the types of targets. Vandals are hitting historic gems, churches, traffic signs, cars, trees, sidewalks, homes, mailboxes and occupied buildings.
The proliferation is most noticeable in southwest Detroit, where the Dog Park is located.
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Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.