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The Daily News has facts and figures from the NYPD's "war against graffiti". There's been a 93% jump in graffiti busts versus last year; might it be because police coordinators received digital cameras to document new tags? And did you know there's a computer program called "Graffitistat," much like Compstat which records major crimes? There's a quote from City Councilman Peter Vallone, the biggest graffiti hater in City Hall (this side of Mayor Bloomberg), and most of the apprehended seem to be young. One professional graffiti artist, Ki Soung, tells the Daily News, "They don't know how to get permission and they don't care. They do it overnight and they disappear. It's not right."

Next, we'll be hearing how Streetsy is bookmarked on the Citywide Vandals Task Force computers.

Photograph from Bluejake

Update-- if you love streetart, and happen to live in Connecticut, Michael DeFeo has a nice show at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield. Check it out:

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