– I have long despised the East End banners describing the neighborhood using words like “surprising,” “flashy,” “uncommon” and “swag.”
I admire the firm behind the ads, the same one pushing Garden Aerial, but I’m not digging the banners. The banners, paid for by the business association, don’t tell me anything about the district. There are so many banners with so many adjectives, there’s no message.
I’ve also never been a fan of the Maplewood neighborhood banners. Maplwood has gorgeous old homes and a rose garden. It doesn’t need banners to tell you it’s historic.
I knew the banner craze had jumped the shark when Bob Duffy actually had a ribbon-cutting for the East End banners. A ribbon-cutting. For banners.
Turns out, I’m not alone. A Houston blogger wrote a delicious (and foul-mouthed) rant called “Death to Placemaking Banners:”
…what makes placemaking banners a uniquely insidious evil is that they crap on real, authentic places.
…suppose the City puts up a bunch of banners on every damn streetlight that say HISTORIC DUNCAN’S ROW – WORK EAT PLAY LIVE. What this amounts to is vandalism. It’s taking the branded, sanitized experience of Weston Village at Southlands North and trying to retrofit it onto the at-least-still-somewhat-authentic Duncan’s Row experience.
You mean to tell me that this is a place where I can eat, drink, and hear live music? I HAD NO (EXPLETIVE) CLUE I WAS IN SUCH A PLACE UNTIL NOW. THANKS, PLACEMAKING BANNER!
– Tearing down Midtown Plaza really hurt the merchants who were forced to relocate.
– Check out these stunning photos of conjoined twin girls in Mexico.
– Tablets are the second-most popular way to watch television. It’s the number one way for me.