When this blog goes quiet, it is only because I am keeping busy. As I’ve mentioned in my About page, this is something I do in the crevices of my already busy life. Which is very ironic, considering a common detraction of sign sharking is “those people need to get a life”, as if we pull down illegal advertising because we have nothing better to do, and our idle hands are interested in destroying local business.
We are interested in supporting local business. That is why, when a business spends money and effort to advertise legally, we believe they deserve the fair share of your attention. Putting a neon sign for your lawn service outside of a new local restaurant is deplorable. A business can spend thousands of dollars to improve the aesthetic of their 20 feet of sidewalk space, and snipers dirty it up with a 20 cent sign. How does that not compute for some people?
I’ve updated the City Codes page with Maplewood and North Saint Paul, where I’ve taken down a fair number of signs. Maplewood is pretty rough.