- Posted August 11, 2009 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Street art in your community
"THE ROCK" Flint, Michigan
The Rock: landmark, icon, community bulletin board, artist's canvas. It's now a poster child for everything we are fighting against, nothing more than a high-profile bearer of graffiti visible to all passing Flint on I-69. Fall of 2004 brought a city-ordered $1,000 fine for "vandalizing" the area, undercutting a three-decade tradition. Mayor Don Williamson's chief blight-buster, Bob Cook, says the crackdown has been effective at reducing gang graffiti and obscenities. I would ask Mr. Cook when he last drove by to look. The Rock has sat as pictured in the main photo above for more than two months. The prospect of a fine has scared away only those well-meaning, community-minded message bearers and budding folk artists who respect the law. Previously, they effectively policed the area for vulgarities and obscenities and made Flint a bit more unique and interesting with their messages
Memorial on the "Rock"