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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Nancee Lyons
A bare brick wall alongside a store in Shaw drew little attention from passers-by Monday, but by the end of the week a larger-than-life woman wielding a pencil-shaped gun amid swirling colors will be watching over the Northwest neighborhood.
Everybody knows springtime in the District means blossoms and baseball. But it also means an increasingly busy schedule for the city's graffiti-removal crews, which have seen a quadrupling of cleanup orders since 2010.
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.
Mr. Udofia's enormous wall at 312 Florida Ave. NW likely has been tagged before, Ms. Lyons said, but this particular spot "would not have been the worst."
"We either choose a wall that has been tagged or is along a corridor where tagging is a problem and Florida Avenue/U Street is the most tagged corridor in Ward 1," she said.