Graffiti No More


The graffiti is gone!

That's the great news for fans of Penn Treaty Park, which was hit with horrible graffiti last week. I posted on this blog an e-mail from Fishtown's A.J. Thompson, who excoriated the vandals who defaced the park. He wanted to alert the public that a $500 reward had been posted for info about whomever had done the deed. Meantime, within hours, the graffiti was gone, thanks to Kevin Kenney and Anthony McKeown, who work for the City of Philadelphia's Graffiti Abatement Team, which falls under the Office of Neighborhood Services. Kenney and McKeown are assigned to monitor the area around Penn Treaty Park, "which is a hotspot for the nitwit vandals" who attack the park, says Tom Conway, city deputy managing director. Thanks to Kenny and McKeown's quick action, the grafitti was gone almost before it had time to dry on the park's walkways and central statue.

Says Conway, "Please remind your readers that [the team] will remove graffiti from private property free of charge!  All they have to do is contact us either through 311 if they wish to speak to a live operator, or leave us a message on our hotline at 215-686-0000 or through our website at  It only takes a few days for us to respond and again it is free for public and private property.  I believe our anti-graffiti crews are the crown jewel of city government!!"

Job well done, gentlemen.