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March 21, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Seattle wall signs are historic, not eyesores

As an architectural historian and Seattle resident, I was very disappointed to read of the bill before Seattle’s City Council that would ban wall signage [“Signs save historic buildings,” Opinion, March 19].

Anyone who takes the time to look back at historic images of Seattle or any other American city for that matter, will see that wall signage has always been present. A large corporation like Verizon pays for advertising on a building that provides affordable office space to start-up businesses, allowing it to remain financially viable; that is a great and uncommon economic loop of support.

If people think signage on low and medium-rise historic buildings is an eyesore, wait until they see what replaces them when they come down because their owners can no longer afford to maintain them.

Maureen Elenga, Seattle

Comments | More in Architecture | Topics: architecture, Seattle City Council, Seattle signage

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