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In Praise of Graffiti: The Fire Down Below

Richard Goldstein, The Village Voice, 24 December 1980


JOHN LINDSAY hated graffiti. He vowed to wipe it off the face of the IRT, and allocated $10 million to its obliteration. But the application of vast resources is no match for disciplined determination, as we should have learned in Vietnam. Graffiti survived Lindsay's defoliation plan, and it has thrived on every subsequent attempt to curb its spread.

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