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Minneapolis Man Attempts To Beautify Uptown As Graffiti Increases

Posted On: Aug 1, 2021   |   Posted By: CBS

MINNEAPOLIS - Marvin Applewhite is a man on a mission: to scrub the graffiti dotting the streets of Uptown and make it a more beautiful place to live, work and enjoy.
“I wanted to give Uptown a facelift and just wanted to get rid of some of negative graffiti and trash around here,” said Applewhite, who is the owner of Blueline Cleaning and Debris Removal. “When you walk down the block with a gang of graffiti-your ideas change about the block. It don't feel as safe.”
He's getting teen volunteers onboard to give them a productive way to get involved in the community, raising money through a GoFundMe to do it. He had a similar online fundraiser to clean up after the civil unrest following George Floyd's death last summer.
This comes after reports that graffiti in Minneapolis has more than doubled from last year. Officials say they are working to remove it based on those reports detailing where there is spray paint on public buildings and spaces, but it's costly.
Applewhite's most recent project...

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