I’ve written here before I’m not a fan of banners branding a neighborhood. Signs don’t give a neighborhood an identity. The architecture, businesses, residences, streets and people do. People shouldn’t need banners to know they’re in the East End.
Main Street has terribly faded, dated banners. There’s one touting Lake Ontario, even though it’s winter and it’s hung on a pole downtown. They need to be removed or replaced.
The city has decided to replace them. The new banners, according to a request for bids, will feature flowers. Lilacs, pansies, crocuses and tulips. We are the Flower City, after all. There will also be holiday-themed banners with candles and wreaths. The city wants a total of 310 durable banners. I have no idea what these would cost.
These banners will definitely be an improvement. At least they won’t be declaring the obvious – that you’re downtown. It seems these will be purely decorative.
Links of the Day:
– Little Rock’s plan to revive Main Street involves the arts. No such thinking in Rochester.
– Sibley’s new owners hope to convince MCC to stay. Upgrades are starting.
– The South Wedge has been recommended for historic registers.
– A Rochester security guard has been exonerated in a June shooting. Should have ever have been charged?
– Want to own a piece of the Dryden Theater? Eastman House selling the seats! $10 each.
– Count me among those who think these “26” tributes to Newtown victims should include Nancy Lanza. Sure, we can judge her decision to own guns. But can we stop the mommy-bashing when the woman was shot to death? By all accounts, she loved her son and tried to get him help.