Five artists were arrested for criminal mischief and making graffiti in a protest organized by the Public Ad Campaign to replace billboard advertisements with art. About 80 artists whitewashed and painted over illegal billboards throughout the city. Professor Jonathan Askin, a lawyer for the Public Ad Campaign, spoke to the New York Post
about the existing double standard for ads and art: "The city has lost several millions of dollars by not combating unlawfully posted commercial billboards. The enforcement is arbitrary."
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