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Gauging the impact of a costly public nuisance
Seattle Times | Since the invention of spray paint, and possibly even before that, communities have been waging a battle against graffiti. Public agencies are spending millions every year trying to combat the ubiquitous squiggles, tags, gang symbols and drawings that mar private and public property.
Graffiti rangers clean graffiti from public structures in Seattle.
Scenes from the neighborhoods
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Redmond Neighborhood Blog At Edge Skate Park, one wall has been painted so many times, the layers are an inch thick.
West Seattle Blog When residents work to improve the area, graffiti can get people down — though not for long.
Queen Anne View After a major case of graffiti, a neighborhood wonders: Is vandalism really on the upswing?
Magnolia Voice When a company won't cover graffiti on its property, what can its neighbors do?