The battle between graffiti writers and their city’s graffiti removal team will likely never end. I thought about the costs the city must be paying to continually paint over graffiti. (Because I’m pretty sure a lot of taggers still steal paint, their supply is virtually endless.) While looking through San Francisco Department of Public Works’ graffiti page, the first sentence says SF spends over $20 million a year to remove graffiti. At the bottom of the page is a link to the Graffiti Hurts informational website. There I found the cost of graffiti removal for several different U.S. cities. For some of the data, the expense was given annually, for other cities only the cost of removal for 2006 was provided. Because of this, I created two different doughnut charts in my infograph: Costs of Graffiti Removal in Different U.S. Cities
*I was unable to find New York’s graffiti removal expenses.
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