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Are graffiti vandals and homeless camps moving to Spokane Valley?

“I really don’t care to get into their minds, I just want it gone,” Eric Walker says about vandals and the graffiti defacing buildings in downtown Spokane. Walker coordinates the Paint Over Graffiti program, in which volunteers help property owners paint over graffiti. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
“I really don’t care to get into their minds, I just want it gone,” Eric Walker says about vandals and the graffiti defacing buildings in downtown Spokane. Walker coordinates the Paint Over Graffiti program, in which volunteers help property owners paint over graffiti. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Today, we got an email from a reader who writes that he's noticed "homeless /drug addict/graffiti people from downtown seem to have moved into the Spokane Valley between Pines Road and University Road, a few blocks on either side of Sprague Avenue." 

He's asking: where are they coming from? Why so many? 

I drive through the Valley a lot, sometimes late in the evening, and I've noticed at least one person living in an car in a vacant lot near Sprague Avenue and University Road - but one person isn't a crowd. 

What have you noticed? Anything? Any changes? Have you noticed more homeless camps? More graffiti? Send me an email at piah@spokesman.com and please include pictures of graffiti and the approximate location, if you have them. 

(The photo is from a 2008 story on graffiti in downtown Spokane) 




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