Downtown Graffiti Growing

AMARILLO, TEXAS - City leaders say it's a problem that needs to be fixed.

Police are reporting an increase in one type of crime in the downtown area. In recent weeks, they've noticed an above average amount of graffiti has been popping up on buildings in Center City and along Sixth Street into the San Jacinto area.

Downtown revitalization leaders think the graffiti problem is all across town, but it's especially hurtful to redevelopment efforts in Center City. There's another major issue from this graffiti.A lot of it is on historical buildings downtown, and that's creating a nightmare trying to get it off.

The graffiti can't just be painted over because that can be against historical codes, and it can't be power washed or blasted off. That harsh treatment can ruin old bricks and cause even more destruction.