We’ve spent plenty of time over the past month or two looking at the seemingly endless series of riots consuming many of the nation’s larger cities. While the violence, injuries, assaults and even deaths capture many of the headlines, the staggering amount of property damage taking place is also a part of the equation. The question is, what do these cities do in the aftermath when downtown storefront windows have all been replaced with graffiti-covered plywood sheets, walls and roads are festooned with paint and lights, statues and other public property has been destroyed? That’s a problem that the City of Denver has been wrestling with for quite a while now.
When the worst of the riots first broke out in the Mile High City, the community and the government teamed up to try to keep up with repairs. They no doubt hoped that the worst of the rioting would fade quickly and order would be restored. That hasn’t happened, however. Cleanup efforts have been stymied by repeating offenses and the costs have been spiraling out of control. (CBS Denver)
Repairs to the state Capitol in Denver began Monday after weeks of protests and demonstrations. Broken windows, graffiti, and vandalism are among the damage to the state Capitol building, surrounding buildings in the complex, parks and monuments.
The plan to make repairs and cleanup has been revised several times as the damage worsened over the weeks. The cost to make the repairs is expected to top $1 million and change as the cleanup continues.
Crews are experimenting with different chemicals and lasers to remove the graffiti.
“We have been addressing these issues since day one as they have arisen, but unfortunately, those efforts have largely gone unnoticed as vandalism continued every day for weeks,” said DPA Executive Director Kara Veitch in a statement.