• A Banksy in Chicago

Recently I was walking down North Avenue in Bucktown when I spotted a bunch of glossy flyers for First Ward alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno scattered all over the ground. Out of curiosity, I picked one up and read it. The flyer listed Moreno’s positions on some key issues points, including graffiti. He’s against it, and has even “[f]unded [a] volunteer graffiti removal team to curb vandalism in our community.”

I turned at the Crotch and walked down Milwaukee, spotted some lovely astronauts spray-painted on a wall, and wondered if Moreno—a young, progressive, Tumblr-using former art student—would consider them “graffiti” or “street art.” I called him up to ask.