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Topic - Amy Johnson
The District sets aside about $406,000 annually to remove graffiti, but officials have dedicated a separate budget of $100,000 to a 5-year-old project encouraging constructive creations in areas often targeted by taggers.
Designed by the city's mayor at the time, the idea was that when graffiti writers were apprehended, rather than being sentenced to serve jail time they would be sentenced to community service hours with the program, said Amy Johnston, spokeswoman for the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia.
"They were removing graffiti, learning about art and working toward a full-time paying position with the city of Philadelphia," she said.