ARTS & CULTURE

Urban Scrawl: Rome's Graffiti Pits Clean-Up Crews Against Artists

08/05/2010 08:06 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

ROME--On a recent afternoon, a group of American diplomats gathered on Rome's cobblestones with buckets and rollers, spreading peach-colored paint across the weather-beaten facade of a medieval storefront. Their mission: To cover up the swirls of graffiti lining one of Rome's oldest neighborhoods.

"It's just so sad and so devastating," said Rebecca Spitzmiller, an American lawyer living in Rome, who donned rubber gloves and a dust mask. "We're retaking Rome."

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