graffiti-free-nyc1-345x275The City Council has passed an aggressive new bill to buff away public expression unless property owners explicitly tell clean-up crews to back off. Approved by a 44 to 2 vote, the new legislation presumes that any “letter, word, name, number, symbol, slogan, message, drawing, picture, writing or other mark of any kind visible to the public” on a building is “not consented to by the owner.” As Gotham Gazette reports, building owners who receive a clean-up notice from the city will have 35 days to tell them off before their public art displays are subject to destruction. |Gotham Gazette|

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