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December 23, 2011 > Letter to the Editor: The Wall

Letter to the Editor: The Wall

By Doug Tinney

Just thought I'd share my frustration about our city's "progress." Photos I took this past weekend of the new Central Park Terrace (CPT) perimeter wall and several existing walls close by indicate that graffiti is inevitable. Who will take responsibility for its removal?

City of Fremont won't because it doesn't face any widely used public area and is not on city-owned property. Union Pacific won't because it's not their property. The CPT development won't because they will not see it.

Central Park Terrace wall panels have square openings at the base. The plan is to plant a creeping vine on the interior side and let it grow out and up the exterior side, preventing graffiti. The back wall at the senior deaf housing apartments has the same thing. The vines have partially grown up the walls, but either because of lack of maintenance or the wrong kind of vine was used, it has not stopped the graffiti.

These walls will eventually look like every property wall you see when riding BART between Oakland and Fremont. It seems a darker color might have been chosen. The interior of the wall facing the development will be finished as faux stone in various colors.

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