Walking in Chicago’s rapidly gentrifying Whicker Park neighborhood this weekend I noticed something new. We have all seen the work of taggers. Hastily scrawled symbols, names, and highly stylized words...

Walking in Chicago’s rapidly gentrifying Whicker Park neighborhood this weekend I noticed something new. We have all seen the work of taggers. Hastily scrawled symbols, names, and highly stylized words are common. The usual tags are done in paint, shoe-polish, markers, wax, and even soap. It was rainy so I was ducking under awnings where I found myself up close and personal with some recent tags. I had assumed the white smear of a name was maybe from a large paint marker or something. As it turned out the window had been permanently defaced by an etching compound.

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