Sandwich Board Signs Everywhere!

10/8/2009:

Sidewalk clutter infestation

One of the last public speakers at last night’s Hoboken City Council meeting had a problem with the apparent out-of-control nature of sidewalk marketing in town.

He complained about how many signs there are, and how it creates annoying and unnecessary congestion. And after repeated attempts to report this to the police, and various departments at City Hall (including the Zoning Board) – he felt the need lodge his complaint for the record to the Council.

So now that the Council and Acting Mayor are aware of the problem – let’s see what happens next.

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14 Responses

  1. FransItalianDeli says:

    With today’s economic downturn, transient nature of the town & number of other food establishments, it is a cost effective advertising method for us ‘mom & pop’ shops to let residents know we exist or what the daily specials are.

    We are open to other suggestions or ideas…

    • Furey says:

      I think the issue is those signs blocking the sidewalks. I think there should be a distance limitation, or a better way to display the daily specials without infringing on the sidewalks. With outdoor seating PLUS the sandwich boards, the sidewalks get extremely cluttered.

      In response to FransItalianDeli who said:

      With today’s economic downturn, transient nature of the town & number of other food establishments, it is a cost effective advertising method for us ‘mom & pop’ shops to let residents know we exist or what the daily specials are.

      We are open to other suggestions or ideas…

    • Biffy B For Mayor says:

      Sings could be placed parallel to the street, as oppoesed to perpendicular to the street.

      This situation is out of hand and the code does indeed need to be enforced.

      In response to FransItalianDeli who said:

      With today’s economic downturn, transient nature of the town & number of other food establishments, it is a cost effective advertising method for us ‘mom & pop’ shops to let residents know we exist or what the daily specials are.

      We are open to other suggestions or ideas…

      • FransItalianDeli says:

        Thank you for the feedback…

        We will revert back to good ‘ole fashioned word-of-mouth advertising and limit our ‘daily specials’ chalkboard display to the confines of our outdoor seating area.

        In response to Biffy B For Mayor who said:

        Sings could be placed parallel to the street, as oppoesed to perpendicular to the street.

        This situation is out of hand and the code does indeed need to be enforced.

    • plywood says:

      I think this is partly a function of the historic preservation restrictions in town. No one wants Washington to look like Bergenline Ave, but store owners rightfully want to get there wares more out in your face. These sign have become institutionalized, so now everyone is “keeping up with the Jones’ “. Maybe legalize wall mounted flag signs (controlled by some kind of approval system) so what the store sells can be seen by a pedestrian coming down the street without impeding the flow on the sidewalk? These signs are indeed too prolific now and really trash up the pedestrian traffic and the overall look of the town. They fill a function, but they need a brain.

      In response to FransItalianDeli who said:

      With today’s economic downturn, transient nature of the town & number of other food establishments, it is a cost effective advertising method for us ‘mom & pop’ shops to let residents know we exist or what the daily specials are.

      We are open to other suggestions or ideas…

  2. johnyhts says:

    Yes it bothers me, especially the stroller store on 11th and Wash, but it is one of the last things to worry about right now. Besides we still have dog poop on the sidewalks. Lets build more parks, because most of them are so crowded all the time and we do such a great job at maintaining our current public space.

  3. homeworld says:

    It violates city ordinance, which I have posted verbatim on previous stories about it. He should write a letter to the zoning officer.

    • JoeyComputer says:

      Those signs don’t belong on public property. They should be ticketed for blocking the sidewalk.

      In response to homeworld who said:

      It violates city ordinance, which I have posted verbatim on previous stories about it. He should write a letter to the zoning officer.

  4. patssoxrevscelts says:

    It’s annoying, but I would rather fix the issue of taking your life into your hands crossing the street before worrying about this. It does concern me on windy days like yesterday where you see them blowing over and blowing away, and the shop owners running up to pick them up just to be blown over again. If the wind is strong enough to blow them over/away, it’s a safety concern and they should be brought inside.

  5. Downtown Dude says:

    Over the past year or two the signs on Washington Street have become obnoxious. I’m all for displaying specials on signs, but the sidewalks have become too congested.

    As a commuter it’s hard enough to dodge the stroller nazi’s without being bombarded by signs, joggers, rubberneckers, men on bikes and dogwalkers on Washington Street.

    Back to the topic on hand, how can you have outdoor seating, signs, ballons, parking meters, bike racks, fire hydrants all in a 10 foot area? Why not just make us pedestrians walk in the road? Forget the bike lanes and create walk lanes. LOL.

    Seriously there has too be a limit as to how far away from the building a sign is permitted. And if you have outdoor seating you should not be able to put another sign out in front of the gated area taking up more sidewalk.

    • fantasmagoried says:

      What’s a stroller nazi?

      In response to Downtown Dude who said:

      Over the past year or two the signs on Washington Street have become obnoxious. I’m all for displaying specials on signs, but the sidewalks have become too congested.

      As a commuter it’s hard enough to dodge the stroller nazi’s without being bombarded by signs, joggers, rubberneckers, men on bikes and dogwalkers on Washington Street.

      Back to the topic on hand, how can you have outdoor seating, signs, ballons, parking meters, bike racks, fire hydrants all in a 10 foot area? Why not just make us pedestrians walk in the road? Forget the bike lanes and create walk lanes. LOL.

      Seriously there has too be a limit as to how far away from the building a sign is permitted. And if you have outdoor seating you should not be able to put another sign out in front of the gated area taking up more sidewalk.

  6. homeworld says:

    168-45. Exemption; protrusion restrictions; interference. [Added 5-19-82 by Ord. No. C211; amended 9-4-1996 by Ord. No. R-198; 5-17-2000 by Ord. No. R-439]

    A. The provisions of this Article shall exempt the display and sale of merchandise by local retail merchants from the sidewalk area directly in front of their own storefronts.

    B. Said displays shall not protrude more than six (6) feet from the building line of the merchant’s premises or onethird (1/3) of the sidewalk abutting said premises, whichever is less, provided that a minimum of six (6) feet remains for the pedestrian right-of-way and/or passage way. Trees, tree wells, parking meters, trash receptacles, and other obstructions shall not be considered in determining the proper spacial area of the pedestrian right-of-way and/or passage way. Sidewalk space occupied by these abovementioned obstacles shall not be included in the calculation of available sidewalk area. No such display, sign, advertisement, or other type of placard shall be located in an area outside of the parameters defined herein. No such display shall be so placed as to protrude into or upon the sides of corner properties.

    C. No display shall be so placed as to interfere with the pedestrian right-of-way.

  7. matt1122 says:

    They bother me less than stickers on buildings and other structures or signs held up by thumb tacks which just fall out and become a seemingly tasty treat for dogs and little kids who don’t know any better.

    • homeworld says:

      Yeh. I don’t know why anyone would ever think I’d want to do business with their company after the just stuck stickers on my walls that I can’t get off.

      http://hoboken411.com/archives/20089

      In response to matt1122 who said:

      They bother me less than stickers on buildings and other structures or signs held up by thumb tacks which just fall out and become a seemingly tasty treat for dogs and little kids who don’t know any better.

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