while the cops, with much fan-fare, have targeted the graffiti of budding street artists , not a finger is being lifted to deal with the sidewalk scrawls promoting clubs on Adelaide and Peter. Many believe some club owners are commissioning the advertising themselves.Tony Sbrocchi, who manages the Livingroom, denies he is responsible and credits a street artist for the work promoting his club.Similar sidewalk plugs have also appeared outside the nearby Tonic nightclub. Owner Jim Kambourakis says that as a form of advertising it's a good idea.
It's also illegal. "This kind of advertising generates complaints, it looks ugly and is an invasion of the public realm," says city bureaucrat Andy Koropeski.
Local activist Dave Meslin is most concerned about the intrusion on public space. "Nothing is off limits," he says. Ask the cops, who earlier this year introduced a full-scale graffiti eradication program, and they shrug. "If it's on city property, than it's a city problem," says staff sergeant Heinz Kuck.
Meanwhile, Scarborough councillor David Soknacki announced a new hotline to report "gang tags" and graffiti. Soknacki says corporate tags are not a priority. "The city has better things to do with its resources," he says.