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Ten Steps to a Graffiti-Free City 9/24/12

September 24, 2012
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Let me paint a picture for you of the graffiti situation in San Jose when I was transferred into the Anti-Graffiti Program in 1997. The program was not new. It had been established as a multi-faceted anti-graffiti effort (or program) for at least five years. Individual pieces of the program had been in existence even before that. They had embraced the popular “4E’s”: Enforcement (catching and prosecuting graffiti vandals), Education (sharing graffiti information with adults and telling youth not to participate in graffiti vandalism), Eradication (getting rid of the graffiti), and Empowerment (recruiting volunteers to remove graffiti in their neighborhoods). The program was well respected – both inside and outside of San Jose. They did an excellent job of promoting their strengths and successes. The staff in the program was very comfortable in their roles and very proud of their efforts. Their marketing materials were first-class. Their oral reports in meetings always put a positive spin on the many anti-graffiti activities that they provided with an immense amount of pride.


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Ten Steps to a Graffiti-Free City 9/17/12

September 17, 2012
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I will now attempt to show you why I’m confident that the systems and strategies in this book will greatly reduce graffiti in your city.  I was the manager of the City of San Jose’s Anti-Graffiti and Litter Program for 10 years.  Believe it or not, San Jose is the 10th largest city in the United States with a population of just under a million and an area of 177 square miles.  During my time there we were able to reduce graffiti in San Jose by 99.88%.  Like any successful achievement, this improvement included the ingredients of hard work, learning from mistakes, and good luck.  But most important of all was the mayor and city council who were determined to get rid of graffiti and allowed staff to design and follow a strategic plan that will dramatically reduce graffiti in any city that chooses to implement it.  I freely admit that a very few cities may never be able to fully benefit from this information simply because they’re too large to make improvements in systems that are written too deeply into stone and/or that have severe gang populations i.e. New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago quickly come to mind.


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