Monday, March 28, 2011

Seattle Rejects New Sign Rules


The Seattle City Council today decided not to consider changes to the city's rules on big signs on big buildings.

At a time when the city's downtown office vacancy rate is about 20%, any measure that attracts tenants makes Seattle more competitive.  The notion of whether ALL signs are ugly and ruinous to the landscape has also not been settled.  There are many examples of large corporate signage that people love.  Here is what I wrote about this subject last December.

One of my favorite Seattle landmarks is the Pink Elephant Car Wash near the Space Needle.  So does most of Seattle.   It's fun to look at day or night.  I find it ironic that the very people who fight against large corporate signs would fight any developer who tried to tear this corporate sign down.  How can you love some signs but support laws that ban nearly all of them?