The illegal nature graffiti and street art means that most pieces will not stand the test of time, no matter how iconic or revolutionary. Wheatpastes peel away, tags get buffed and painted over, and walls crumble. Commissioned and legal walls attempt to thwart this cycle by giving artists a space to practice their craft. However, even these spaces become endangered with time as developers set their sites on abandoned buildings and shuttered structures. From the tragic whitewashing of 5Pointz in New York to the impending doom of the apartments housing "La Tour Paris 13" in France, here is A History of Iconic Graffiti Spots Being Destroyed.

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