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The Price of Art-Vandalism

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San Francisco spends more per capita fighting graffiti than Los Angeles, and spends almost double the sum that San Jose spends, even though they have a bigger population. (To be fair, they might have less graffiti.) The city's antigraffiti program logs a total of $3.7 million a year patching over the work of "artist-vandals." Worth it? Jurors generally think it's a waste of time, but neighborhood groups certainly care. Says a police officer: "We're a tourist destination, so we should look nice." [SF Weekly]