I applaud the column by Dick Hagerty, " 'Graffiti' is our tourist draw, but we can't use it?" (June 10, Opinions). I hope this article will stir up a rally behind restoring one of the greatest pastimes Modesto has known.
Having grown up here, I was fortunate enough to have taken part in the annual Graffiti Night, and it was a lot of fun. Yes, as with any event of its size, there were some who created problems. However, as with anything, with proper planning and community support, Graffiti Night could be brought back and become once again a big financial windfall for many our of local businesses and community. We can certainly use it!
How many cities would kill to have such an event and heritage to promote? This time, we could do it bigger and better by combining some of the current shows and concerts with the cruise and really make for a weekend to remember. It's all about the five P's: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.
This is a gold mine of an opportunity, not just financially, but culturally and historically as well. It just needs to be organized, managed and executed properly.