Dozens of new graffiti markings are showing up in a Columbus community which is trying to grow.
10TV found fresh markings in the Italian Village in red, white, and some in yellow paint, which appeared on walls, dumpsters, and even concrete poles.
“It does seem like there is a bunch of new graffiti going up in places, which seems a bit counterintuitive, if you will. It seems like if things are doing a little better, you'd see less of that kind of thing, but it doesn't seem to be the case,” said Italian Village resident, Katie Allain.
It's not just found in alleys - it's also found on businesses. In fact, the folks with the Wonder Bread facility say, as they're renovating, they've been hit with graffiti so many times, they now keep a bucket of paint in store to paint over the graffiti when it pops up.
Josh Quinn took a picture the day the graffiti appeared on the doorway of his Short North store, Tigertree.
“Coming in in the morning and having to sweep and get ready, and noticing something like that that you weren't planning on taking care of. It's frustrating,” said Quinn.
Although his vandalism might not be connected to those a few blocks over, there is one thing that's the same. “It's destruction of personal property. It's a huge problem. I hope it's a problem that goes away,” said Allain.
Columbus police are looking at the markings, to see if they're gang related. No word yet on what they've determined.