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    Cyburbia Administrator Dan's avatar
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    How would a sign code regulate this?

    Thank God it snows here, because advertising like this would't survuve more than a few days.

    Quote Originally posted by Tampa Bay Times
    Parking stripes may be common at your local store.
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    The parking lot: it isn't just for parking anymore.

    In the latest example of advertisers turning space with no commercial value into something valuable, a company is manufacturing printed vinyl ads that cover the lines between spaces in parking lots. They're unobtrusive from a distance but impossible to miss when standing over them.

    The ads' creator says they're effective because most people in a retailer's parking lot are there specifically to purchase something.
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    That's great, and I am also happy I don't deal with signage anymore....sign regulation is the devil's handiwork......it's evil!
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    Let's not be didactic in this profession, because that is a path to disillusion and irrelevancy.

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    I wouldn't regulate it. Why bother? It doesn't present any issues with regard to traffic safety or visual clutter. Let it be I say.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    i would not regulate. no compelling public interest to safety or aesthetics.

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    The first thing that popped into my head was the guiness commecial with the guy that goes "Brilliant!!".

    But honestly I don't know- looks like they would still be visible from a short distance. Like while walking or driving across the parking lot. In that sense perhaps it could be a traffic issue as drivers might be looking at the writing on the ground. I would want to regulate it somehow- especially because I think its a terrible idea (while being brilliant at the same time).

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    Actually, I've seen where the parking lines were fishes at a tackle store near the coast and thought it was cool. I don't see a big deal here as parking lines, however if there are travel lane divider lines, well that's another issue.

    Remember, there's no such thing as a "good" sign ordinance.
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    I see an interesting option here, grade your parking lot and lay these out so they form a message tha is readable from teh street and also readable from close up. Kind of like those pointalism murals made up of individual faces that make a big face.
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    You could have a scenario where a house abutts a small parking lot with this stuff.

    I guess most sign codes wouldn't prevent a business from painting an acre parking lot into a giant ad, nevermind little strips.

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