illboardurgher that keeps on giving
I promised myself.... no chair jokes. Only ambivalence toward chair here.
I really had forgotten that the actual court ruling we covered in June. That post had a link to the actual court opinion, and also some links to the Lamar Digitial Billboard Blog. no joke. I guess the update this week is a) the time for further appeals expired without any filing and 2) this new call to literally remove the billboard.
I was thinking... what if there was some other use for the sign? I am thinking a place you could tweet messages to and see them displayed up there. Sort of a Chalkbot on the wall. I'm sure that would be trivial for Nathan to set up. Unfortunately, that would probably would be in violation of same regulations that did the sign in in the first place. or at the very least open up city to litigation from Lamar for them not being allowed to do the same thing in a sense.
Which is the missing piece of yesterday's story. Wasn't Lamar going to sue the city at some point over this all? Something is up with that I bet. Formally or informally that litigation has begun. The best part of the story yesterday is just the passing note that the acting acting BBI head sent an email asking for advice from the attorneys. I'd punt as well in his spot. I'd be more like duck and cover given how radioactive the sign has been.
On a side note. You know I do hate euphemisms.. Can we at least stop calling it the Grant Street Transportation Center. It is just a big parking lot and the old bus station; same as it has been since long before memorialized by Paul and Art. Cleaner for sure, but that's it. All the other pieces were stripped from the design long ago. Remember, it was going at one point to be this intermodal hub. Bus, parking, light rail, maybe even the Amtrak station all in one. Forget that. Last I heard Amtrak didn't even want the people waiting for the bus near their station. What is the opposite of 'intermodal'?
As an alternative maybe we can name the place for Bram or something, since he may have as much emotional attachment to the place as anyone.