The City of Houston's war against graffiti is escalating. A model project is about to become city-wide, with hopes of keeping up with the growing presence of unwanted artwork.

The East End Development District has employed three, two-person crews five days a week to paint over graffiti, with such success that the head of the project, Martin Chavez, was approached by the City of Houston to turn the operation on the rest of the city. Chavez' crews paint over at least 1,000 graffiti posts—a majority from gang members sending messages to rivals—a month.