Mayor's Office

Press Release

City of Houston Signs 5-Year Agreement to Remove Graffiti

 

 

January 27, 2011 -- Mayor Annise Parker today announced an inter-local agreement between The Greater East End Management District (GEEMD) and the City of Houston to remove graffiti on city property throughout greater Houston.

 

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

 

“This is a huge step forward in the fight against those who blatantly deface city property,” said Mayor Parker. “Through this agreement, we'll reduce graffitti across the city while helping to decrease gang-related activity.”

At a ceremony in Montie Beach Park, Mayor Parker and Council Member Sue Lovell, Chair of the Development and Regulatory Affairs Council Committee, also helped unveil one of four “Graffiti Mobiles” dedicated to abating the graffiti, each decorated in photo images of the city’s skyline.

 

"It just makes sense to employ local experts and resources to systematically efface the blight in neighborhoods across the city," said Council Member Lovell. "This is another great example of the partnership between public and private entities that will allow us to achieve a community goal and help the city save money."

 

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.