Cities' struggles with signage rules just a sign of times

  • Article by: Susan Feyder , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 21, 2013 - 11:09 PM

Cities and businesses struggle to find common ground on signage.

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FrankLAug. 21, 1310:47 PM

When I am on the road, it is very frustrating to find a particular business when the signs are camouflaged. There are usually no numerical addresses, so how are people supposed to spot a business going 40 MPH?

cvalcitAug. 21, 1311:33 PM

I bet South Dakota doesn't restrict signage, maybe they should move there.

ScottSimonAug. 21, 1311:53 PM

Note the photo that accompanies this story. It is a sign in Eagan. I always told my kids when they were growing up that if we got any food from the Chinese restaurant in that shopping center that they had to agree to eat everything on their plates . . . that it was the rule or else the owner of the restaurant would not serve us again because he would be embarrassed. And it was so cute because they believed me. I told them, they when going to that restaurant, they had to eat the Ho Ting.

arspartzAug. 22, 1312:30 AM

" There are usually no numerical addresses, so how are people supposed to spot a business going 40 MPH?" ---- Welcome to the wonderful insane world of "pedestrian friendly."

griffAug. 22, 13 6:33 AM

As the old saying goes, "go east young man". There are no billboards out east (Mass,Conn etc) or signs that tell you when you shoud turn or exit to get to a Wal-Mart or KFC, you just need to know where you are going. Perhaps we shoud emeulate their approach? Take down all of the signs and we would be far better off.

localguyAug. 22, 13 6:42 AM

Big, blaring signs take unattractive business districts and make them uglier. WalMart, in particular, is an odd example because the huge signs on the sides of their stores make them hard to miss. The emphasis should be on assisting the public with directional signs, not on promoting sales. Businesses have other ways to do that (e.g. Direct mail, advertising)

guacamoleoleAug. 22, 13 7:10 AM

Yes. Know where you're going. If you can't find Walmart without a huge, obtrusive, on-site ad then perhaps you should be shopping at the corner store down the block from your home. Oh wait, Walmart drove them out.

EleanoreAug. 22, 13 7:13 AM

Focusing on more visible street addresses by eliminating all signs other than a reasonable sized and brighted one attached to the building would also help public safety officials in emergeny situations. I like that some communities are doing their best to eliminate sign blight. It would be positive for MN of the legislature would pass a law that would elominate billboards statewide from our roadway ditches. In today electronic age people often already have a better way to find out whats where and how to get to it.

LinksterAug. 22, 13 8:21 AM

Three letters are the answer to finding a business without gaudy signage: G P S

fishstixAug. 22, 13 8:22 AM

I'm sorry to have to pick on Fargo but it is so noticeable when I go to Fargo that they don't have the signage restrictions we have here. A sign close to my folk's home is monstrous with a flashing light displaying their diesel price. It's totally obnoxious. I am so happy we have sensibly sized signage here-it looks great.


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