Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Remember this post?

Just in case you don't want to scroll down, even just a little :)  http://livinginlynn.blogspot.com/2010/01/i-was-half-dreaming-this-morning-and-i.html



This has been posted around other Lynn blogs, but I had to post it myself as a followup!

Artist: Shonen Knife
Song: On Top of the World

RAW event in Boston Wednesday

Check this out!

It's been posted on LynnHappens.com and on DowntownLynn.com, but I want to make sure this event gets noticed. As TLGUTS points out, there's a lot going on.

To RSVP to the event, go to http://rawartworks.eventbrite.com/

Artist: n/a
Song: n/a

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Signs, again

I'm prompted by an article in today's Item to revisit the draconian sign ordinance for downtown that I thought was already put to bed. (I was even present at an Ordinance Committee meeting where the restrictive black-on-gold color scheme was revisited.)

In this example of gotcha journalism, the Item calls out Council President Tim Phelan because his tenant, who just opened, has not yet hung a compliant sign. In this article, the business owner is barely a part of the conversation. I have to assume Dito's is left out of the conversation because David Liscio doesn't think they're important enough. Calling out Phelan will obviously sell more papers  and rile the Itemlive commenters. But what does leaving a new business owner alone in the crossfire accomplish?

Someone who invests sweat and money in Downtown is not insignificant. I'm angry because there is not one quote from an owner of Dito's. Maybe a sign is on its way? Maybe they've laid too much cash out already, and need to catch up a little before ordering a sign? Maybe Dito's really isn't interested in complying. But how do we know? We don't hear from them in the article. If the Item tried to reach Dito's by phone and failed, it's a five minute walk from their headquarters. There's no excuse.

I'm angry because this is no way to welcome a new business to a Downtown with too many empty storefronts.

How much time does the Sign Ordinance give a new business owner to comply? It takes time to have a sign made.

How does ISD approach a business that's out of compliance? Is it in the spirit of cooperation for a common good, as it should be, or is it more of an adversarial relationship?

And lastly, I care a lot about the look of signage in my own neighborhood. I agree that a historic building should not be defaced. But, I disagree wholeheartedly with the gold-on-black standard, or with any standard that pushes uniformity for uniformity's sake. If we're to promote the arts in DTL, we need to encourage rather than stifle creativity. Uniformity is the mark of suburban sprawl. It's not the mark of a vibrant Downtown.

Song: n/a