Ten Steps to a Graffiti-Free City 9/17/12 | September 17, 2012

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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