Last weekend the Hollywood Beautification team of (I’m guessing) community service-sentenced civilians came through the Atwater portion of the L.A. River. Their idea of “beautifying” is to daub white or black paint over any text, art, grafitti and tags found on the River’s concrete embankments and bridge underpasses. (Never mind all of the trash in the River — what’s really important to the self-styled beautifiers is that the River’s man-made concrete container remain a semi-virginal off-white.) Less than half an hour after the Beautifiers completed their work at each point along the River, Atwater’s finest taggers were there to be the first up: pictured above is an example of some quickie work with a benevolent sentiment. Which begs the question: Who’s the real beautifier here? (photo by Jay Babcock)

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