A better way to curb graffiti?

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

Today’s Telegram has a story about Ron Brown, the city’s employed graffiti remover.

When he finds a tag on a wall, a sign or even a guardrail, he pulls over, cites the location, takes out the necessary materials and removes the blemish. Even for a minuscule tag on the back of a stop sign at Harlem Street and Perry Avenue, Mr. Brown pulled to the side of the road, got out of the truck and scrubbed it off.

Morale doesn’t seem to be too high, however.

He said he sometimes feels like it’s a losing battle. Whenever they tag, he paints, and so the cycle goes. He may go through four, five or six colors of paint a day, but it never seems to match the original.

Maybe it’s time to revisit an old strategy.


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