(Portland, OR) -- Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is fighting the graffiti problem in the city. Wheeler announced the new city-sponsored Graffiti Abatement Program, or GAP, Monday. Beginning the first of July, crews will be out cleaning up graffiti all over the city and the service is free to Portland businesses. The city estimates almost 70-thousand-square feet of graffiti will be removed. City leaders also hope the plan will address a spike in hate-related vandalism.