Cen­tral Athens streets purged of graf­fiti, posters

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A City Hall ini­tia­tive aimed at purg­ing Athens of un­sightly posters and graf­fiti has fo­cused on the cap­i­tal’s cen­tral Patis­sion Street over the past 10 days and was to shift to Athi­nas Street, be­tween Mona­s­ti­raki and Omo­nia Square, last night.

The drive, dubbed “Adopt your City,” aims to clean tagstyle graf­fiti off build­ings, elec­tric­ity py­lons and shop shut­ters, as well as strip­ping off lay­ers of de­cay­ing posters, though some of the more creative mu­rals are to be pre­served.

In most cases, spray paint can be re­moved with wa­ter, Deputy Mayor Nikos Avramidis told Kathimerin­i. How­ever, acrylic paints are harder to re­move and more of chal­lenge for mu­nic­i­pal teams who use spe­cial hot-wa­ter pres­sure wash­ers to clean sur­faces be­fore ap­ply­ing an anti-graf­fiti and hy­dropho­bic coat­ing that make new graf­fiti eas­ier to re­move.

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