Another Graffiti-Removal Effort About to Be Launched by City

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The city of Houston will be unveiling a big new graffiti-removal program tomorrow, throwing a spotlight on five new "graffiti trucks" that will cruise the city removing instantly the scourge of street art wherever it may be.

The Greater East End Management District has received a five-year $235,000 contract to clean things up, city spokeswoman Jessica Michan tells Hair Balls.

Mayor Annise Parker will be on hand for a ceremony and "will do whatever you do with a graffiti truck," Michan says. Since Parker loves to get photographed in a hard hat tearing down decrepit apartment complexes, we're betting there will be some action shots available.

Also on hand will be councilwoman Sue Lovell, who has been pretty aggressive in decrying graffiti.

The EEMD has long been active in fighting graffiti, claiming to have removed more than 6,500 examples in the last eight years.

The program being announced tomorrow will expand on all that, since, you know, graffiti hasn't really been eradicated. Yet.

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Davaus76
Davaus76

Hilarious waste of money. But I guess its a symbiotic relationship...so to keep these guys in business I hope everyone crushes the city.

Francesco Orodinapoli
Francesco Orodinapoli

More power to them. I've witnessed the most beautiful colonial architecture buildings in Mexico ruined by graffiti.

Laura G.
Laura G.

Francesco, thank you for pointing that out!...yeah in Mexico City it's out of hand.It's art no one can't say otherwise but once is offensive and messes up the look of your neighborhood then it has to go. In my home country graffiti is out of hand, it's everywhere! some is very artistic and some is plain ugly and disrespectful, and all together make the city look so bad. Believe me you do no want to see this all over the place, i think this is a good progam and it's creating jobs too. Parker should also create a place for all those urban artists, a special place for them to express whatever they want, without disturbing anyone or anyones' property. More power to them, totally agree.

anon
anon

right, the beautiful colonial of abandoned downtown warehouses need protection

anon
anon

Those trucks touch any of the major pieces in Eado or The Warehouse District, I'll vandalize them myself.

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