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Unfit to carry the news?

April 16th, 2008 · 3 Comments

I was surprised to learn that the city of Philadelphia has a policy of confiscating newspaper boxes after they’ve been vandalized. I’d really like to know who’s job it is to walk a beat on the streets of Philly, examining Philadelphia Inquirer boxes, and determining if the dispensers have exceeded the city’s mystery level of acceptable tagging and stickering.
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I also like to think about where these little guys go, once they’re confiscated. Maybe it’s to a scaled-down version of the “buff” system that NYC used in the late-80’s, to remove all of the graffiti from the subway cars? I imagine a tiny conveyer belt with tiny sprayers, washing a tiny train of newspaper boxes. Or perhaps it’s more of an “Island of Misfit Newspaper Boxes” scenario, where they are left to live together in vandalized-harmony?
Perhaps my favorite part of this ridiculous “civic service” is the fact that in their efforts, the city of Philly has engaged in their own form of graffiti, and managed to garner quite a few ups! Check this out:
Philly DPW goin all-city! (click to enlarge)

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Posted by: kimberly phillips · Tags: current events · public art

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Megha // Jul 6, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Beautiful. When we get a new dog (the old one died) I am definitely maikng one of these (our old dog (JRT) had a sheeps-skin in her basket that she slept on, she looked pretty happy with that so I thought I would do that again). Gorgeous.But I do wonder after reading this, when do you knit? Or does Max knit? What do you knit? Anything worth blogging about or are you members of knitters-anonimus ?Take care with storing wool, we just fought off a moth-plague (not so much fun).Have a wonderful day!!!

  • 2 Thomas // Feb 20, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    I hate to think of what steps will need to be taken to return the mnnmueot to its original state. Even if the graffiti it is pressure washed and scrubbed off, the cleaned part of the mnnmueot will be a different shade than the rest of it. Cleaning the entire mnnmueot would most likely be too expensive.

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