Mom upset by graffiti
SYDNEY RIVER — A dark, damp pedestrian walkway along Kings Road is causing grief for one young mother who says graffiti is getting out of control.
Camilla Clare, 25, walks through the tunnel under the Highway 125 overpass daily on her way to her job at the local dollar store.
On Wednesday, Clare noticed new graffiti in the tunnel. Red spray paint was used to depict a large graphic image of a male’s “private areas,” she said.
There were also several vulgar words written on the concrete walls.
“I was walking home from work, made that turn into the lit- tle tunnel and I saw it. It made me very, very angry,” said Clare, who has a four-year-old son, Alexander.
It’s typical to see graffiti of “people’s names and so-and-so likes this person,” but the newest additions to the concrete tunnel were “just gross,” Clare said.
She said the graffiti had not been sprayed in the tunnel when she left for work in the morning.
“I noticed it because it’s huge and a whole pile of dirty words and pictures,” she said.
“As of right now, I wouldn’t take my son for a walk down there. I wouldn’t want any kid to see that.”
Back in the summer of 2007, the Cape Breton Regional Police assigned an officer from its street crime unit to investigate a string of graffiti-laden messages with a unique signature scrawled on the gazebo in Wentworth Park, and buildings in downtown Sydney and Whitney Pier.
However police were never able to identify who was responsible and the officer was reassigned.
No one with the regional police was available to comment further on the issue Thursday.
Clare suggested police should consider foot patrols in the area.
It’s a method of policing Chief Myles Burke supports and has been working to improve in the last year, with police officers walking the beat in downtown Sydney, and other downtown areas in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
“ The cops can’t see (the graffiti) from the road. Even if they got out of their cars and looked down there once in a while,” Clare said.
It’s the only route for pedestri- ans from Sydney River to safely access businesses on the other side of Highway 125.
Without a car, walking is her family’s main mode of transporta- tion. But until the graffiti is covered or removed she will steer clear of the tunnel when she’s with her son.
“Something should be done about it.”
Camilla Clare and her four-year-old son Alexander Clare walk through a graffiti-filled tunnel under the Highway 125 overpass in Sydney River, Thursday. Clare uses the tunnel every day and discovered freshly sprayed, vulgar graffiti on her way home from work, Wednesday.