Graffiti is ubiquitous on the streets of Chinatown and the Lower East Side where I live and work. It's an integral part of the urban landscape and it inspires mixed reactions and emotions.

For some, it's an eyesore, a symbol of disorder. From the perspective of the authorities it's evidence of criminal activity - graffiti related arrests are on the rise in New York and property owners can be fined if they fail to clean it up in a timely manner. The cans of spray paint...
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