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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, banning the sale of...

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