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January 28, 2011

Reduce Graffiti in the City of Houston

Mayor Annise Parker, City Council Members Ed Gonzalez and Sue Lovell, Houston Parks Director Joe Turner and members of the Houston Police Department's Anti-Gang Unit joined with the Greater East End Management District (GEEMD) to help remove graffiti on city property throughout greater Houston. Four City of Houston "Graffiti Mobiles" dedicated to abating graffiti, each decorated in photo images of the city's skyline, will be seen around the city as part of a five-year agreement recently passed by Houston City Council.

The Mayor and Council Member Sue Lovell, Chair of the Development and Regulatory Affairs Council Committee, emphasized that these measures are a huge step forward in the fight against those who blatantly deface city property and reduce graffiti across the city while helping to decrease gang-related activity.

As part of the agreement, GEEMD will provide labor and materials for each graffiti removal project. Also, the GEEMD will track gang-related tags and report activity to the Mayor's Anti-Gang Office.

GEEMD started its graffiti abatement program in 2001 in response to a sharp rise in graffiti rates. Graffiti endangers neighborhoods and vandalizes bus stops, commercial property and residences. It is the only district currently abating graffiti, and handles other defacements for various districts throughout the city.

Founded in 1999, The Greater East End Management District's mission is to enhance the image of the East End District, to attract more businesses and to increase economic activity in the area.

For more information contact Patricia Harrington at Patricia.Harrington@houstontx.gov, call 832.393.0897 or visit http://www.houstontx.gov/graffiti/.