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Caught on camera: Vandal or helpful gardener?

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The vines at the Clay Commons Garage as they now look. The vines at the Clay Commons Garage as they now look.
The vines at the Clay Commons Garage as they once looked. The vines at the Clay Commons Garage as they once looked.
Surveillance camera photo of the person removing the vines at the Clay Commons Garage. (Source: PARC) Surveillance camera photo of the person removing the vines at the Clay Commons Garage. (Source: PARC)
Daniel Gordon Daniel Gordon

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Was someone trying to help out or was it an act of vandalism? It's not clear which, but the Louisville mayor's office has a few pictures it wants you to see of someone cutting down the vines outside of a parking garage.

When the Parking Authority of River City opened the Clay Commons Garage off West Chestnut Street in 2011, a small garden, filled with these vines, climbed the walls. Now, the vines are cut and the tops that remain are dying.

"Somebody apparently thought that they were trash, is what it looks like to me," said Daniel Gordon, who works near the garage.

A spokesman for PARC said the vines grew for more than just appearances. The agency used them to try to cut down on the urban heat island effect. For some reason last weekend a person worked for several hours to cut them down.

"I think they might have been trying to help out," said Gordon, "but they didn't realize they actually were put there for a purpose."

The PARC spokesman said they're not sure what the person was thinking. They are sure he or she is not a part of the maintenance crew responsible for taking care of the landscaping at the garage and now that crew has some extra work to do.

Metro Government estimates the damage will cost about $10,000.

Police are trying to track down the person who did it. They're taking tips at 574-LMPD (5673).

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