‘Distasteful’ window display draws ire of some neighbors


Warning: This story contains adult subject matter

Neighbors said the people living in one southeast Albuquerque home are not being so neighborly after they used a marker to draw a distasteful display in their window for everyone to see.

“I found it a little disturbing,” one neighbor said.

This neighbor who asked not to be identified, said they came home Monday to a display in their neighbor’s two front windows that face the street.

It was a hand-drawn penis.

“It’s just not appropriate and it’s just not a good image for young kids and for you to just put it on your house, there’s weirdos out there,” they said.

Neighbors said a group of college students moved in a few weeks ago. They said they tried talking to the students to ask them to remove it, but got no response.

“So I called 311 to see if there was anything they could do,” they said. 

It turns out there is nothing the city can do about the obscene display.

“The city has rules and laws about zoning but this display does not violate those laws no matter how distasteful it may be,” David Campbell said.

Campbell is the City’s Planning Department Director. He said while it’s not a very neighborly thing to do, legally, they are not breaking any rules.

“We encourage that our neighbors act with civility but there’s a difference between that and what we can enforce as a legal standard,” Campbell said. 

Some neighbors said what concerns them the most is that Whittier Elementary School is only a half a block away. Tuesday, KRQE News 13 spoke to a woman who said she lives in the home. She said they had no idea about the display.

“One of our friends came over and did that [drew the image] and we didn’t know about it,” the woman said. 

Meanwhile, within two days extra features were added to the drawing to make it more detailed.

To view an uncensored photo of the drawing, click here.

(Warning: Image contains adult subject matter)

While the image didn’t bother some neighbors, others said it’s not the creativity they mind, it’s the front lawn view.

“You can express yourself, just put it in the backyard,” one neighbor said. “You know. Not everyone wants to see that.”

The student living at the home say the image has been removed.

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