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To The Fools that Smashed the TV: a message from a neighbor

Posted by Nico Lund on March 28th, 2014

It’s a bummer when people vandalize and disrespect their neighborhood.

From littering, breaking things, rudely tagging( and I’m not talking about cool graffiti) and destroying creative yard art, living in an urban neighborhood unfortunately comes at a price.

On a recent cool rainy afternoon walk I met Steve Cox outside his Workshop/Clubhouse in the Udistrict. I couldn’t help but notice the direct message written on the door, and had to inquire.

Of course, we all know the story, especially those of us that live in this urban environment, and especially those of us that live in close proximity to a large population of party loving college kids.

Cox said that a large screen TV had been abandoned on the parking strip, and shortly after, some kids decided to “smash it to pieces.” He lamented that he spent over an hour with a broom and a shop vac to clean it up and save little feet and pet paws from shards of glass.

This isn’t the first time Cox has had to deal with vandalism. He told me about the art piece on his garage that used to spin (see video) but after someone messed it up, now it’s just a sad reminder that sometimes people don’t appreciate creativity.

In an effort to encourage Good Neighbor Behavior, here are some ideas to share that may result in cleaner, more artistically decorated front yards and parking strips.

Three Ideas on How Not To Be a Bad Neighbor

  • First of All, Don’t Ditch your old TV on the Parking Strip
  • E-Cycle Washington is a FREE, convenient and environmentally responsible electronics recycling program has been operational since January 1, 2009. Products accepted at E-Cycle Washington drop-off sites are: computers, monitors, laptops, tablet computers, televisions, portable DVD players and e-readers.

  • If You Want to make Your Mark, Get Together with your Community Peeps and Plan a Mural
  • Seattle Mural Project Is An Ongoing Celebration Of Street Art Working To Match Street Artists With Funding, Location Coordination, And Logistic Support.

    2014 Call To Artists Is Currently Open!

  • Be a Yard Art Appreciator, not a Yard Art Destroyer or thief
  • It’s easy to make your own yard art. If you really like what you see in someone’s yard, take a picture, be inspired, try and make your own!
    Better yet, if you have a parking strip that is looking a little dumpy, clean it up, plant some lavender, decorate it with funky found objects from goodwill.

    If you have some fun ideas on how to create a more welcoming sidewalk or how to encourage those hooligans to not destroy property, we want to hear it!



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