Sally and Chuck Budack recently decided to forgo their traditional summer vacation and use the money to address a graffiti problem on a railroad trestle near Pacific Avenue and Interstate 5.
Partnering with Safe Streets, the Tacoma couple decided to rid the wall of graffiti by replacing it with murals.
Weve been painting over the graffiti on this wall for five years, Sally Budack said. We just had our 25th wedding anniversary, and we decided instead of traveling, wed paint the town.
The Budacks and a team of volunteers will be working on the stretch of wall a quarter mile long over the next few weeks.
Just painting over graffiti tends to beg for more graffiti, but people seem to respect the murals, said Priscilla Lisicich, executive director of Safe Streets Tacoma. Its a big undertaking, but if people have the energy, its a great creative way to counter that kind of negativity.
Any group with a community message can have a piece of the wall.
My neighborhood, where I live, thats mine, Sally Budack said.
I need to be a part of its stability and making it safe.