Before Gentrification, a City Covered in Graffiti

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Media Outlet: The New Yorker

If today’s New York seems pathologically obsessed with its own beautification, then the city’s long-standing war against graffiti helps to explain why.

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Hua Hsu is a New America fellow, working on a study of immigrant culture and American ideas around diversity. He is an associate professor at Vassar College, a contributor to the New Yorker, and an executive board member of the Asian American Writers Workshop.