Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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Graffiti-free city a welcome oddity

A search for graffiti that came up empty in Coatesville was so perplexing that a Downingtown woman reportedly stopped into City Hall to find out why.

Graffiti-free city a welcome oddity

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A search for graffiti that came up empty in Coatesville was so perplexing that a Downingtown woman reportedly stopped into City Hall to find out why.

She told officials that her son had been doing a school project on street drawings and scrawlings, a study that required her to drive him from Berwyn to Coatesville. The absence of any graffiti in the city prompted her to seek an explanation, and she was referred to Coatesville Police Officer Rodger H. Ollis Jr., a proud member of Coatesville’s premier graffiti-busting team.

When Ollis spoke with the woman, he explained why the group works tirelessly to give graffiti the brush off, efforts the woman found impressive.
Ollis responded by sharing the woman's compliments in an email to fellow members of the cleanup crew: “Phone calls like the one I just had wouldn't be possible without people like you. Thank you for all of your work and dedication. We have accomplished amazing things in a short period of time. Our work has been noticed in Coatesville and now other people from other towns are taking notice as well.”

No need for a whitewash: Color this a positive step toward community  revitalization.

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Aubrey Whelan covers Chester County for the Inquirer. A native of a Philadelphia suburb so small it doesn't have a zip code, she grew up reading the Inquirer and was thrilled to take a job there in fall 2012. Previously, she covered crime, courts and D.C.'s Occupy movement for the Washington Examiner. Aubrey graduated from Penn State in 2011, where she worked for the award-winning campus newspaper and majored in journalism and French. Contact her at 215-495-5855 or awhelan@philly.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/aubreyjwhelan.

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