Feature Article - October 2005
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Stunning Shelters

Planning and protecting outdoor structures

By Stacy St. Clair

Graffiti Gurus

Once facility managers decide to combat graffiti, there's a multitude of resources willing to help. Here's a look at two of the best.



Developed by Keep America Beautiful Inc., Graffiti Hurts aims to reduce vandalism through grassroots education.

The organization encourages communities to take a proactive stance against vandalism with a variety of preventive tools. It offers lesson plans, posters and videos all designed to discourage graffiti.

Its Web site provides invaluable information on every thing from removing graffiti and creating clean-up kits to launching a media campaign and engaging youth.



An offshoot of the National Council to Prevent Delinquency, the project works with communities to help reduce vandalism.

It boasts a wealth of information on what other communities do and provides networking opportunities. Its Web site also offers sample legislation used to bolster anti-graffiti efforts around the country.

The project provides invaluable supply-side control assistance. It has programs and materials aimed at curbing the illegal purchase and shoplifting of graffiti products.