35W Bridge Memorial vandalized two days after opening:
Construction worker Rob Bailey went to the Mississippi River on Monday evening, as he had every Aug. 1 for the previous three years, to remember his co-worker and friend Greg “Jolly” Jolstad.
He watched as a new memorial to the 35W bridge collapse was unveiled about a quarter-mile upstream from the site of the tragedy.
“I go down there to pray every year at 6:05 p.m.,” said Bailey, who had just stepped off the bridge moments before it collapsed.
Two days after making his pilgrimage, he was stunned to hear that the memorial had been vandalized, with 22 stainless steel letters ripped out of a message affixed to the memorial’s granite wall.
The vandals in the Twin Cities are getting out of control.
On the one hand, it’s just plain depressing.
On the other hand, it’s tempting to buy two walls on a high-vandalism street, like University or Lake or whatever. Paint them both a pristine white. Post one of them “Free Public Graffiti Mural”, and the other one “No Graffiti”. See how many people go out of the way to deface the “No Graffiti” wall.
And maybe taze them.