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Massive graffiti tag being removed

October 09, 2009
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LOS ANGELES — Workers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began removing a gigantic piece of graffiti from the concrete channel east of downtown that runs through two rail yards because it has become an eyesore and is encouraging further vandalism, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Officials say their task is cleaning one of the biggest tags in the United States: Three block letters that cover a three-story-high wall and run the length of several blocks, spelling out "MTA" — Metro Transit Assassins, the story stated.
Cleaning graffiti from the river is far more expensive than cleaning other areas because workers use high-pressure water to remove the toxic paint and hazardous-material crews must dam and capture all the runoff to prevent it from contaminating the riverbed, the story noted.
According to the story, authorities believe the tag, which was done with paint rollers instead of the typical spray cans, took several days to complete and was worked on by around 40 taggers.
A group of alleged taggers were arrested in January in connection with the "MTA" graffiti and are awaiting trial; if convicted, they will be forced to pay for the cleanup, the story added.
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