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‘Shoefiti’ comes to Ticonderoga

Are dangling shoes related to crime?

Are criminals marking their turf in Ticonderoga? That’s the concern of one local resident, who has noted  pairs of shoes that have been thrown over utility wires in the community.

Are criminals marking their turf in Ticonderoga? That’s the concern of one local resident, who has noted pairs of shoes that have been thrown over utility wires in the community.

— Are criminals marking their turf in Ticonderoga?

That’s the concern of one local resident, who has noted pairs of shoes that have been thrown over utility wires in the community.

Steve Boyce approached the Ticonderoga town board recently to point out the shoes, which he has noticed hanging on Lord Howe Street and Burgoyne Road.

Trustee Wayne Taylor said a pair of shoes is also hanging on Ledge Street.

While many many see “shoefiti” as a prank, it carries series connotations, Boyce pointed out. He noted the practice is used by some to indicate drug dealing or gang presence in a particular area.

A recent newsletter from the mayor of Los Angeles cited fears of many Los Angeles residents that “these shoes indicate sites at which drugs are sold or, worse yet, gang turf.”

According to the The Sydney Morning Herald of Sydney, Australia, “shoefiti” advertises a local crack house where crack cocaine is used and sold. It can also relate to a place where heroin is sold. The shoes are also thrown to commemorate a gang-related murder, or the death of a gang member, or as a way of marking gang turf.

In any event, Boyce believes the “shoefiti” reflects poorly on the community. He suggested the town remove the dangling shoes.

Supervisor Deb Malaney agreed and said action will be taken to remove the shoes from utility lines.

Shoe flinging or “shoefiti” is the practice of throwing shoes whose shoelaces have been tied together so that they hang from overhead wires such as power lines or telephone cables. The shoes are tied together by their laces and the pair is then thrown at the wires as a sort of bolas.

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