Like all real estate, city walls are a precious commodity. Over the past year
I have noticed something that resembled turf wars. Any available surface, especially construction site sheds, are regularly painted over in a neutralizing shade of green, with both ads and graffiti disappearing. I didn’t know if it was a city agency “cleaning up” or someone who doesn’t like posters. The latter seemed more likely, as the question of who owns public space has come up more than once. For me, the interesting thing was the way the subsurface images and occasional graff would still peer through as an organic life force, pulsing, intriguing and artful in unintended ways.