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“Positive” vandalism vandalized

You Are Beautiful, Birmingham. acnatta/FlickrFolks driving into downtown Birmingham this morning through Red Mountain may have noticed that a piece of positive vandalism that had greeted them for the last three months was no longer there.

The reason for its early departure is somewhat ironic.

The You Are Beautiful sign that first appeared on the Highland Avenue Bridge in October (one of several that have appeared throughout the city in recent weeks) was itself tagged during the overnight hours of December 23 with profanity. The sign was supposed to be painted over but not until after the holidays according to the conversation ALDOT’s Brian Davis had with Fox 6 last week.

The unplanned planned removal didn’t come without some collateral damage. The Birmingham News reported that a vehicle crashed into a police cruiser as it attempted to block a lane of traffic to allow crews to do the painting.

Photo: You Are Beautiful, Birmingham. acnatta/Flickr

You are still Beautiful, Birmingham

You Are Beautiful, too. acnatta/FlickrOne of the newest pieces of graffiti in Birmingham, AL is located directly across the street from Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham, AL. It is the second major location of the phrase “You Are Beautiful” in the city in recent weeks; the first was placed on the Highland Avenue bridge located over the Elton B. Stephens Expressway on the city’s Southside.

When The Birmingham News first reported about the graffiti in October, it was suggested that it may be part of the Operation Beautiful movement. Other sites have pointed out that it is more likely part of the movement explained and chronicled on you-are-beautiful.com.

No matter what the reason, it’s one good reason to get together on Twitter for a #bhamchat conversation tonight. We’ll be getting started at 7 p.m. CT. There will also be an interesting take posted over on Dear Birmingham tomorrow morning.

Photo: You Are Beautiful, too. acnatta/Flickr