graffiti-free-nyc1A new proposal would not only make it easier for the city to get rid of graffiti, but legal painting also. Legislation before the City Council would allow clean-up crews to trespass on private property and destroy all manners of public art without first getting the owner’s permission. People wanting to preserve art on their property would have to explicitly request that buff squads back off, but it’s not clear how. If the preservation process is anything like the “very labor-intensive and cumbersome” system the city uses to get permission to clean graffiti up now, then a lot of beloved public art will be in danger of destruction.

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