Lovell says eradicating graffiti puts a financial strain on the city. She also urged residents to call 311 when they see graffiti, which would seem to add to the problem. But whatever.
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
She also made this bold call: "I am asking the graffiti taggers to stop and to join their fellow Houstonians in our efforts in cutting the budget shortfall."
Taggers -- if there's anyone out there more concerned about balanced budgets than them, we don't know who it is. Maybe Lovell meant to say "tea-baggers," because tea-baggers are constantly harping on the budget, or at least they did once a Democrat got in office.
Anyway, there's a lot of bad graffiti around Houston, but there's a lot of great art, too. Click here for a slideshow of some of the most gorgeous pieces of spray-paint expression around.