“This is the work of a loser who has no talent. I scrawled through his tag so he gets no respect. This beautiful mural wasn’t even finished yet. We try to make Orlando beautiful, and this garbage tries to steal our joy. Help us! Report this vandalism at grafi[email protected] Report vandals to 911. We need your help to stop this!”

– MILLS 50 MAIN STREET MANAGER JOANNE GRANT

A mural that was recently installed on the back of an Ivanhoe Village warehouse facing the Orlando Urban Trail (Website) was defaced this week by some local taggers.

The mural, which was still in the process of being painted by local artist Corwin Blackwell, depicts an interpretation of the Dinky Line Train which used to run between Rollins College and downtown Orlando along the same route on which the urban trail now follows. More on that HERE. And don’t forget there’s a song about it too.

The section of trail is completely unlit at night and surrounded by mostly industrial uses, with the closest activity zones being Ten 10 Brewing and Quantum Leap Winery, both of which close earlier in the evening.

The City of Orlando has a Graffiti Program that it runs through Keep Orlando Beautiful that works in partnership with other city departments and agencies to locate and remove graffiti on public property but can only assist with the removal from tags that are located on private property. Orlando residents can report graffiti on public property via the Graffiti Hotline at 407-254-4723 or online HERE.

If you want to report graffiti on private property, you should call the Orlando Police Department at 321-235-5300 to fill out a vandalism report. If you’re outside of city limits (you can tell by your street sign – fountains mean you’re in the city) you can call 407-836-3111 to report the issue to the county.

A local Instagram account, @TheCityNotSoBeautiful, has been documenting a noticeable uptick in graffiti in the Mills 50 area during the pandemic.

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  1. The way to stop the tagging, is to paint over it immediately, doesn’t have to be a good paint job to cover it initially, just deface it.

    Taggers hate not having their work appreciated.

  2. The graffiti only improved what was an atrocious wall painting. If I had painted that train on the side of my house, the neighborhood would have run me out of town.

  3. Stop the gentrification of our (former) low income neighborhoods! This is one way to push back. Keep Orlando affordable!

  4. WOW LOVE THE GRAFFITI REMINDS ME OF NEW YORK. IF GRAFFITI HURTS YOUR FEELINGS CONGRADULATIONS. YOU WILL DIE FROM CANCER WITHIN THE YEAR

  5. Look at Karen dubberly calling the kettle black. Who are you to say the red squiggle isn’t art?

  6. What makes her better? Maybe that it’s her wall. Let them spray paint some ugly mentally challenged garbage on your 84 Honda and see how you feel.

  7. What’s the difference between the two? They’re both painters, they’re both original works. If it was in an alley, no ody would care. But, now it’s insulting “Karen’s” everywhere! Relax Karen. By scrawling through his art, you literally just did the same thing that the tagger did. What makes you any better?