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More than 30 facades vandalized and damaged during the marches and protests in the Center

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More than 30 facades vandalized and damaged during the marches and protests in the Center

First Columbus and General Paz. Then, the former Vélez Sársfield square. The city center is the favorite place for large concentrations of Cordobans.

Since the last century, citizens have taken to the streets to protest, celebrate or remember countless political, sporting, religious, union and social events.

Although demonstrations also occur in certain government headquarters such as the Ministry of Labor or the Civic Center, to name a few, in recent years the streets between Colón Avenue and Cañada Avenue and Patio Olmos have concentrated the main marches and demonstrations. And its facades, shutters and poles are witnesses of that.

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Av. Colón almost Sucre. The overlapping of interventions is another of the modalities that can be observed in the streets of the Center. (Ramiro Pereyra/The Voice)

Over a route of one and a half kilometers, facades, columns, gates and street furniture record different interventions, mostly acts of graphic vandalism, which in some cases have been going on for quite some time.

The graffiti is not only about revolutionary slogans or football or political messages but there are also scribbles or tags (leaving the name of a group to mark presence).

Avenida Colón between Avellaneda and Urquiza, the same artery between Jujuy and Sucre, the headquarters of Correo Argentino, Radio Nacional and General Paz and 9 de Julio are the most affected points.

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The damages recorded include businesses, buildings, churches, banks, newsstands and magazines, traffic signs, bus stops and garbage depots.

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The Correo Argentino headquarters is one of the official offices with the greatest deterioration due to vandalism and graffiti. (Ramiro Pereyra/The Voice)

Neighbors’ complaints

“We don’t paint anymore because every time we do they vandalize again,” said the manager of a parking lot in Colón at 800.

Graffiti on the gate of a parking lot. The merchants are resigned to the attacks. (Ramiro Pereyra/The Voice)

A similar situation is experienced by Aldo, the owner of the Gente bar at the Jujuy intersection, whose column and the Epec meter box were painted. “It is an accumulated satiety.” However, he rescued the initiative of some young people who suggested he make an urban art mural on another of his walls on Jujuy Street.

The vandalization of the front of their businesses is at their own expense and with the economic crisis it becomes almost impossible to pay for new paint.

From the Basilica Sanctuary of Santo Domingo of the Dominican Order, where there is constant graffiti on its exterior, mainly on Deán Funes Street, they commented that the majority occur outside of the demonstrations. “There are no funds for restoration, before it could be painted more often,” they warned.

The side façade of the Basilica Santo Domingo, a constant of graffiti and graffiti. (Ramiro Pereyra /The Voice)Ciudadanos

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Lack of control

In law, the act of vandalization with paint is considered a contravention. The local Coexistence Code sanctions it with a fine in two articles. One of them refers to the person who uses public buildings, historical monuments, public spaces or places intended for religious worship to carry out advertising, propaganda or writing of any type.

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The other penalizes anyone who carries out physical interventions and/or acts of vandalism that damage municipal public property and street furniture in general. Only in those cases does Misdemeanor Justice intervene.

“It is prohibited to place posters or use legends with paint”, a vandalized sign that recalls municipal ordinance 10,378. (Ramiro Pereyra/The Voice)

In any case, the walls seem to have succumbed to aerosol attacks, amidst impunity due to lack of official intervention.

The Municipality maintained that they carry out periodic restorations depending on the object of vandalism. The areas of Environment, Heritage, Urban Development or Urban Mobility are involved. However, there is no unified procedure.

“A change in the habits of the neighbors is needed. Surely through citizen education we can implement something,” they maintained.

In the case of an act on private property, it is the responsibility of the Provincial Police. There is also no way to make complaints.

Shattered tiles accumulated on the corner of Av. Colón and Sucre. (Ramiro Pereyra/The Voice)

For Martín Lanzo, representative of the Association of Neighbors, Users and Consumers of the Center, the problem is historical but has worsened since last December.

The association participates in the neighborhood participation meetings in the CPC Mercado de la Ciudad where they transmit their complaints to the municipal authorities. “We have not made a formal claim but we have made it through comments. In this context we have to establish priorities such as security and unfortunately vandalism on public roads remains in the background,” said Lanzo.

In some cities that suffer situations of façade deterioration, there are recovery services. (Ramiro Pereyra/The Voice)

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Vandalism is not new in the central area of ​​the city. For several years the municipality reported to the court acts of this type on Paseo Sobremonte, a public space that has improved significantly since the last administration.

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A unique neighborhood

The Centro neighborhood is the oldest and one of the most important in the city. Most of the historical buildings are located there, including the Jesuit Block.

It is comprised of 180 blocks in which 30 thousand inhabitants live and there are approximately six thousand commercial premises. However, throughout the day thousands of people pass through its streets.

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