An elementary school art teacher was distressed that gang symbols and graffiti were becoming more prominent in his San Diego neighborhood. So not only did he decide to do something about it, he rallied his students to help him. The favorite target of the taggers were the large, green utility boxes that were along many of the streets. After convincing the city council that the defaced boxes has become a community eyesore, he got permission to turn them into works of art. And many of the artists were his students. The boxes have been painted with butterflies, fish and flowers. Reyes turned one into a fireplace and another into a bookcase. And it's not just the people of the neighborhood who appreciate the art; for the most part, the taggers have left the painted boxes alone. — Jeff Strickler