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Crime History: Last NYC subway car scrubbed of graffiti

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On this day, May 12, in 1989, the last graffiti-covered New York City subway car was retired . The underground graffiti movement took form in the late '60s and early '70s. Norman Mailer heralded the drawings as a vibrant form of urban art. But by the 1980s, graffiti covered almost every car, and the subway system appeared lawless. The city responded by imposing heavy fines,...