Before I get into this post I should give you some facts about the city I live in. According to the 2000 census we have a population of 27,368. We have a Wisconsin State University, we have a Wisconsin Technical College. We have a lot of churches. Pretty much most of what is considered in "north end" is what some would say is below poverty level area of town. I live in "south end" which isn't grand by any means. My mom lives on the nicer side of the main drag through town where I live on the "other" side but it's not bad. I actually like where my house is. It keeps my evenings entertained with the all the drug houses and pedophiles.
Between my house and my mom's we have a park that is really nice. It has a nice play are for kids, a huge grassy area for dogs and basically running around. It has a pavilion that a lot of families do picnics at. A local daycare uses it daily and the Boy Scouts maintain the garden area. It's a really nice park and pretty much everyone who lives in South Superior has either used it or does regularly now.
The problem is that we have a huge influx of people coming from major cities such as Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, etc. Now while some of these people are genuinely moving to the area to start over somewhere new, the majority are moving here to qualify for state benefits for being displaced workers in search of jobs. But what they do is basically be a leech on society and refuse to get a job, stay here for awhile, then move back. Rinse, recycle, repeat. Now while I could go into the argument that there should be someone monitoring this kind of shit because people who live here that actually need the benefits because their jobs aren't making basic needs met (shelter, food, utilities) I won't. Because that's for another day.
My issue? Is that almost everywhere you go in Superior you'll see spray painted graffiti on something. And nothing pisses me off more than people who vandalize someone else's property or flat out steals it. Just because you can't get off your lazy ass and get a fucking job doesn't mean you have the right to take away something from someone else or ruin it. A few weeks ago someone spray painted someone's brand new fence. Thankfully, the neighbors near him helped him clean it off. A neighbor of my mom's has had his motorhome spray painted TWICE.
What has just hit my tipping point is the fact they have now hit the neighborhood park. My mom and I walk at different times but we have both noticed that every once in awhile there is a group of either teenagers smoking like the bad asses they think they are or a group of black people who may or may not be transient. I say that because they are only there once in awhile and I'm not sure if they live around the park and it doesn't really matter.
But when they do shit like this? It burns my ass.