Electricians have been working on the lamps in the park off and on this week, digging ditches to repair underground wiring and pulling down some of the older lamps.
They dismantled two lamps from the entrance to the park on Gross Street and placed orange cones over the screws embedded in the cement. The rusting black lampposts went into the back of their pick-up truck. They had stickers and scribbling here and there.
The city usually combats graffiti by hastily painting over it, but sometimes graffiti gets removed incidentally in the course of repairs, maintenance and construction. I like the thought of a mark on a once-permanent object being shuttled through the city and ending up in some truck yard or suburban driveway, or perhaps being recycled into lamppost.