Graffiti in downtown Hudson brings out colorful reader reaction

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published:

Hudson -- Who painted the graffiti spanning the Norfolk Southern Railroad bridge which crosses over West Streetsboro Street is unknown.

What is known are the colorful reactions being voiced by readers about the "Seniors 2014" which recently appeared on the bridge.

The damage could soon be painted over, according to City Communications Manager Jody Roberts. The city has contacted railroad officials to see if they want Hudson to take care of the graffiti.

"We contacted the railroad, they responded," Roberts said April 7. "Now we must submit paper work and pay fees to get permission to go onto their property. We also will need to schedule it based on the railroad schedule."

The railroad could "waive the fees," Roberts said.

"We are working through that now," Roberts added. "We also will need to get quotes from contractors to bid out the job, etc. This will not happen overnight."

Readers have called the Hudson Hub-Times, submitted letters to the editor and posted a variety of comments on the newspaper's Facebook page.

Linda Terry Johnson posted on the Hub's Facebook page April 2 that there was already graffiti on the bridge, before the latest incident of vandalism.

"We have good kids in this town... let them have their fun with this one little spot," Johnson posted.

Susan Day Kachele did not agree.

"I wish people would think more about how they got up there, you can't always hear a train, you may think you'd hear steel upon steel or a horn if there is a live crossing nearby but ask those that have been hit and survived if any," Kachele posted on the Hub's Facebook page April 2. "The railroad workers hearts drop every time they see anyone near or on those tracks, think about them, they can't stop on a dime, though they wish they could have for the rest of their lives when they were the ones having to go back and praying for life as they walked back on those tracks after getting the train stopped."

Kachele added, "It's also against the law to be on railroad property."

Jennifer Stright posted April 2 that she understood Kachele's point, buy added, "this has been going on for generations."

"I don't see why this is an issue at all," Stright added. "It's all about pride. I remember decorating the town when I was a senior. No vandalism, all fun."

In an April 3 posting, Beth Smith called the work "one glaring graffiti." However, Smith also called it "an American tradition."

"Let's be a little more understanding about it," Smith wrte. "Kids will be kids, and this is a truly harmless prank."

The bridge feedback began after a March 23 letter to the editor from David Kindt.

"Although not totally surprised, I am once again appalled that our city has been desecrated by immature vandals," Kindt wrote.

Kindt called the graffiti a "disgrace" and added that the seniors who allegedly painted the bridge "most likely never confess their deed and their enabling parents will undoubtedly never be held financially responsible."

Kindt asked "Who will take charge and paint over this orange mess which now adds an inner-city, urban looking blight to the central downtown area in our upscale community?"

Kindt suggested sending "Hudson High School an invoice for labor and materials."

An April 2 letter to the editor from Marty Boise asked "If David Kindt is so concerned about the graffiti on the railroad overpass on state Route 303, why doesn't he take his civic pride and paint it?"

Boise called the bridge painting "a tradition that our family has seen in the over 40 years we have been in Hudson."

"It actually makes me smile and marvel at the passage of time every year when I see the new class has left a harmless mark on the bridge," Boise wrote.

In an April 2 letter to the editor, Sarah Adams called the graffiti "an act of mischief without the consequences of other more serious behaviors, such as texting and driving or drug addiction, which cost families so much agony and taxpayers a lot more than paint."

Adams suggested the graffiti was "probably not meant to be an act of ingratitude to Hudson residents but more a declaration of triumph."

To comment, send a letter to hudsonhubtimes@recordpub.com, or visit the Hudson Hub-Times Facebook page.

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  • Seniors have been declaring their pride on the RR overpass ever since I moved to Hudson 1970's and probably way before that.  And someone has always painted over it at some point in time during the year.  This year's statement is quite the work of art!  But I never thought of it as "inner city graffiti".  Lets lighten up a bit....it is a tradition and as long as it is limited to RR overpass only, it's okay with me.