Graffiti is something we usually think of as a 'city' thing but this appeared recently on the wall of abandoned building in my small village. Understand, the main street is a barely 2 mile stretch of State Hwy 550 a major artery from Albuquerque to north west New Mexico towns, reservations, recreation areas. Yet it is only highly traveled near holidays and in the summertime. We haven't a single traffic light. Stop signs only control entry to this main road from the couple of dozen side streets. The building, like several main street ones, has been abandoned the whole 4 1/4 years we've lived here. Winter before last it burned in middle of night. Suspect transients had sought refuge and started a fire for warmth that spread. i call them transients, not homeless because i've been told many of them have families and homes on 'the rez' (Actually there are two or three of various Nations within easy hitchhiking distance) where they could live, but they meet up with each other in the various small towns to 'party', sometimes for days stretching into weeks. Public intoxication and panhandling are an issue, but the times i've seen the local police talking to them it always seemed more like an intervention: "I thought you were going to go stay with your sister a while." They are a mix of young and old. Many reek of alcohol, but somewhat surprisingly, not all. Hoping the city budget will preclude it being cleaned up or painting over it, though i hope they will fix the adjacent street light---it tends to click off/on somewhat randomly indicating a possible short which could effect the local grid potentially.
Will be watching for more to appear. i would submit the photo to the monthly local newspaper but i'm afraid that might bring it to the mayor's attention and get it removed. This sign is only visible when heading south on the road---toward Albuquerque. And with all the trees and shadows i may not have even noticed the first day and i pass it daily going to Post Office for my mail and taking daughter to work.
The photo below shows the surroundings of the building.