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There's been a lot of chatter about Pilsen's mural initiative, directing established artists and youth alike to a 1.5-mile-long railroad embankment. But similar projects underway in Albany Park and on the South Side deserve a spotlight, too. The Albany Park mural program specifically addresses gang tags by painting over graffiti hotspots. So far, gangs and would-be vandals are respecting the work. The South Side program, called SEE Potential, places large-scale photography on the sides of abandoned and blighted buildings. The first piece went up in Englewood, and we should expect to see more soon in other nabes like Bronzeville. [Medill Reports, previously, previously]