Yesterday, the Register-Star had an article about a graffito that marred the newly laid sidewalk in front of Wunderbar and The Crimson Sparrow on the 700 block of Warren Street. Lyle Lentz, the owner of Wunderbar, put a picture of the culprit on Facebook, along with a message that said of the new sidewalk: "This is not a city project." The implication seems to be that projects undertaken with private investment are more deserving of respect than projects funded with taxpayer money.
Whether this opinion is valid or not, the response to the vandalism in this case was certainly different. The wet cement was smoothed over to obliterate the graffito and a stray footprint, and the person responsible banned from Wunderbar. Compare that with the total lack of remediation for the sidewalk or retribution for the vandals and graffiti artists responsible for defacing dozens of new sections of sidewalk on Warren Street two years ago.