Third Truck Added to Graffiti Removal Program

Nine years ago graffiti was a real problem in Houston's East End. Today it is not the problem is was then. As Rod Rice reports, the reason is that the Greater East End Management District began a program an aggressive effort to remove graffiti.

That effort has grown with the addition of a third graffiti abatement truck.  Since 2001 the Greater East End District has removed graffiti from almost 66-hundred locations. Sonny Flores is the district's Chairman of the Board. He says the program's been a great success.

"If we comeback and eradicate it the first time of course, obviously they have to back and go the trouble of doing it all over again.  But, if they do it a third time they just essentially give up.  So we normally go back one or two times and rarely the third time."

Once graffiti is spotted the district moves as quickly as it can to remove it. Flores says first the property owner must sign a waiver allowing the abatement team onto their property.

"Once they sign the release I would imagine it would take three to five working days and by then that graffiti's gone.  If it's someone who's been hit before it's probably two to three days."

Houston City Councilmember Sue Lovell says the Greater East End program is actually more efficient than the city's.

"Per square foot they have figured out how to do it cheaper then we do."

Sonny Flores says that may be because for them the effort is a labor of love.

Rod Rice. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.

For more information, call the office at 713.928.9916 or visit www.houstontx.gov/graffiti.

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Rod Rice

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Rod Rice became fascinated with radio at an early age, while sitting on his Grandfather’s lap listening to his "programs" on the big Emerson Radio...