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Neighbors upset about Halloween 'graffiti' still on home

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Thanksgiving is just days away, but in Church Hill, it's a Halloween display that is still on the minds of people who live on Cedar Street.

Neighbors say the homeowner's display of art at 24th and Cedar looks more like graffiti - and they're sounding off.

The owner of the home says this was his take on Halloween this year and this display won't be around for much longer. To many who live in the area, that's a relief.

"It's a beautiful house - except for this now," said one neighbor. She didn't want to show her face but says she finds writing on the house offensive.

"It's not something I wanna see every morning, or every day for that matter."

The homeowner, architect Steve Morris, said that in a few weeks, the historic home built in 1915 will look completely different. He said writing on the home was a way of expressing his distaste for the political climate these days and says it was meant to be a different take on Halloween.

Other homeowners in the area don't buy it.

"It would be one thing if it was a really nice art or murals or something. This is a bunch of trash and spray paint all over the house, and it makes the neighborhood look trashy," said one neighbor.

Neighbors have actually called city officials to see what can be done about this. Morris says he is working with the city to get a "certificate of appropriateness" for the home to be considered one that "contributes to a historic district". For that to happen, the vinyl siding must come down. Morris says he knew he would be taking the siding down but did a bit of self expression first.

"There is certainly no reason to destroy it and make it look terrible for weeks on end while that happens, there is no need for that," said the neighbor.

Morris owns the home with his father and admits his dad was not pleased with the display. It's expected to be gone by Christmas, but that could change - the city says the homeowner was cited in October about the graffiti and ordered to remove it by December 2. If he doesn't comply, he could face further action.

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