UPDATE: Gang Tags Wiped From Lakefront, Others Remain; Nettelhorst Artwork Zaps 3-Pointed Crown

Gang tags at 3700 N. Recreation Drive have finally been covered.

Two weeks ago, we called out the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation for marking our service request to remove gang graffiti along the lakefront seawall as “complete” when, in fact, they had done nothing.

Today we can report that the job has been done. While a few marks remain, the bulk of the tags have been covered with thick layers of tan paint.

Another Incomplete “Completion”

This Latin King tag near the golf course clock tower
was removed on August 4, according to the city.

Meanwhile, a few hundred yards away, there’s another gang tag reported by a citizen on July 31 and closed out by Streets and San on August 4. Once again, though, the department marked the job “complete” when they did absolutely nothing.

This brown box around 3800 N. Recreation Drive—behind the northeast baseball field’s home plate, directly next to the Clock Tower Cafe—has been boldly marked by Latin Kings. As of Tuesday afternoon, the tags were still there.

Wise Decision

Students returned to Nettelhorst Elementary School at Broadway and

New artwork near a Nettelhorst School
playground was modified, eliminating
a 3-pointed crown. 
(Top image: DNAInfo)

Aldine yesterday and we are pleased to see that new, professionally-painted graffiti artwork the school’s rear wall has been revised.

DNAInfo Chicago reported on the new artwork, which livens up the walls around a small playground on the school’s northwest corner, a few weeks ago. At the time, the project’s centerpiece, a graffiti artist’s “larger-than-life bear who dons boxing gloves” had “a petite crown,” DNAInfo reported.

The bear character sports the cute crown in all of the artist’s work and certainly has no secret meaning.

In gang-filled Chicago, though, the Latin Kings’ hand signs form 3-pointed crowns and 3-pointed crowns are sometimes seen in their tags. All things considered, we’re pleased to see the crown has been eliminated at Nettelhorst.

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