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From the December 2009 Glover Park Gazette:

We’ve been tagged. In late October, some graffiti-doers scrawled “MOE,” “NORE,” “BALL$,” and “ATB” on several buildings on the strip, including CVS at 2226 Wisconsin, the ex-Pizza Hut at 2338 Wisconsin, Glover Park Market at 2411 37th Street, and, cruelly, Rocklands’s “Eat Your Barbeque” mural at 2424 37th Street.

The graffiti does not appear to be gang-related, according to Daniel Hickson, the director of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Intelligence Branch. Rather, it seems to be the work of—or an homage to—a group of prolific taggers called the ATB Crew. Nore was described a “king” of DC graffiti in Clout magazine, and Moe “bombs hard” (i.e., tags a lot) according to an online graffiti discussion board. We couldn’t find any information online about Ball$, but given his nom de crime, he must be very wealthy and courageous indeed.

A citizen reported the graffiti at CVS and Starbucks to the city for removal on November 1, but it had not yet been removed three weeks later—perhaps because the government needs waivers from property owners before taking action. (UPDATE: A DPW team did remove major graffiti from the CVS garage door, the ex Pizza Hut, and other sites on November 16, though smaller tags remained.)

Property owners who want graffiti removed should call 311 directly. [Do-it-yourselfers can try acetone or nail polish remover, though that may also remove any underlying finish.]

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