The graffiti abatement and cleanup program has grown from covering just one East End neighborhood with a single van more than a decade ago to a four-van crew that cleans tagging throughout the region. The city of Houston has a contract with the management district to respond to 3-1-1 calls for graffiti as well. It also has partnerships with 15 management districts around the city.
The East End crew cleaned 25,000 sites last year and has cleaned more than 145,000 since 2001. The crews use sand blasters, paint and special cleaning materials.