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Graffiti cleanup costs cause for concern

March 08, 2011
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TORONTO — Mayor Rob Ford''s campaign to eradicate graffiti is causing concern among business owners who face stiff price tags to clean it up, according to the National Post.

What began as a complaints-driven process has turned into an offensive by 10 specifically assigned inspectors who hunt down forbidden markings: About 2,100 bylaw violation notices have been issued city-wide since the crackdown began in December, the article stated.

Ridding the city of unwanted graffiti is a good thing, agree Queen West business owners, who stand to benefit from a sharper-looking district, but there''s debate over who should pay to keep the city beautiful and what constitutes beauty, the article noted.

According to the article, Toronto''s graffiti bylaw, adopted in 2005, states that "no person shall place or cause or permit graffiti to be placed on property or on a wall, fence or other structure or thing in a highway or other public place not included in the definition of property" and "the owner or occupant of property shall maintain the property free of graffiti."

Anyone who refuses to clean up graffiti will have to reimburse the city what it paid to do the job, the article added.

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