Tue June 21, 2011
Providence's mayor wages war on graffiti
By FLO JONIC
PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence mayor Angel Taveras has launched an ambitious initiative to rid the city of graffiti. Standing in front of a graffiti covered wall in South Providence, Taveras called on city residents to report vandalism.
Taveras is urging residents to call a hotline with the number "1-800-taggers."
"My graffiti task force has two vans outfitted with high pressure sprayers and paint that are out on the street every day removing graffiti throughout Providence," says Taveras. "As we enter the summer months we're going to re-double our efforts that we attack graffiti wherever it appears throughout the city of Providence."
In addition to painting over graffiti, the city is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of taggers. It's also commissioning two new murals and restoring a third to deter graffiti vandals.
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