Graffiti for the rich
Sockesite reports that, in San Francisco, "City Attorney Dennis Herrera has filed suit against Cozy Terry, “a prolific and unrepentant graffiti vandal,” who is alleged to have caused nearly $90,000 in damage to public property over the past few years with her Coze, Coz and similar tags you’ve likely seen around town. Herrera’s office will seek compensatory and punitive damages, and penalties, “in dollars, community service, or both.” And in addition to the civil suit, Herrera is seeking a preliminary injunction to prohibit Terry “from possessing any implement known to be used in graffiti vandalism; to strictly limit her contact with Muni vehicles…to prohibit her from injuring or damaging public or private property in San Francisco; to prohibit her from aiding or assisting others in graffiti vandalism; and to require her adherence to all laws.”
San Francisco is one of the first North American cities trying to clean their streets going to court. What's the problem with this trategy? As Hrag Vartanian ironically points out on Hyperallergic "soon the only people who’ll be able to afford to do graffiti, like everything else in the SF, will be the rich."