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Notes from the Newsroom
John I. Carney

Buildings, signs and culture

Posted Friday, April 3, 2009, at 1:17 PM
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  • "There's no question that any community has the right to adopt design standards. An attractive business district benefits everybody in the long run. But the discussion at the City Council level should have been about just that -- standards. By associating their complaints with a particular group, city officials have made themselves look bad."

    Very well stated comment, Mr. Carney.

    -- Posted by onenamil on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 2:10 PM
  • When I went to Gabon, I loved all the colorful signs. I also like when I see them here (in the US in general, not just TN).

    -- Posted by cfrich on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 11:07 PM
  • There is a difference between being colorful and just plain tacky . . . and what we have here is a lot of tackiness. Some of these signs look like a three year old painted it on the wall.

    I am sorry . . . it definitely is not pretty. Would you like it if this was your next door neighbor?

    -- Posted by jaxspike on Sat, Apr 4, 2009, at 7:38 AM
  • The city council not only made them selves look bad, they cast a shadow of bigotry over the entire city. Our city leaders owe an apology to our Hispanic community. Like it or not the diversity is here to stay. I do agree that there needs to be control when it comes to signage. However as to the color a person paints his or her business, is no ones business but the owners. When I go to the beach I enjoy the colorful diversity of the homes and businesses'. I think that color adds life to a community.

    -- Posted by docudrama on Sun, Apr 5, 2009, at 2:32 AM
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