I thought I'd introduce myself, since I just joined a couple weeks ago. (Well, I joined the forums; I don't have a CAUSS membership card or anything.) I'm from a suburb south of Minneapolis, and while I don't want to give away my exact location, we have a rather large mall here.
So far, I don't think the street spam problem here is as bad as it is in other states. Most of the spam consists of "Work from Home" scams and weight loss gimmicks. I've seen a few signs for lawn care services and one saying "Finally! Affordable Health Insurance!" It's also very rare to see more than one sign on a pole, but recently I saw three signs nailed to one pole. Needless to say, I didn't let that one go, although I wasn't carrying a long pole at the time.
So why am I doing this? Because I have a dark vision in the future in which every flat, non-moving surface will have some kind of ad stapled to it. I'm dreading the day when someone starts beaming advertising directly onto the inside walls of my house. Besides, in every suburb I've checked, signs on utility poles and in the right-of-way are illegal.
With any luck, Minnesota can avoid having as much street spam as other communities have had. I'm hoping that's the case, anyway.
#1. "RE: Greetings from Minnesota" In response to Reply # 0
A hearty CAUSS welcome, we were wondering when you would take time to post. There was at one time, another shark, across "the" river in St. Paul.
Without giving your exact location away, Eden Prairie is too far west, Apple Valley and Burnsvile to far south and of course Shakopee is way to far southwest. That only leaves but one place with a, "hum", big shopping center with I-494 on the north.
Was up in your area twice this year so far and your assessment is right on with what I witnessed. Hopefuly you can generate some help and get things under control, before they get out of control.
And BTW, there are no cards, no fees or dues in CAUSS. Just a group of Concerned Citizen Against Ugly Street Spam. Nationwide if I may add.
#2. "RE: Greetings from Minnesota" In response to Reply # 1
thanks for your e-mail. I am a code enforcement officer for a Dallas, Texas suburb. Our city does not allow ugly signs to be placed illegally on poles and other locations. The City Council demands that we make sure that our city is clean. Again, thanks for your work up there is Minnesota and I hope you will not have the sign scum that some other areas have experienced. And, most of all, I thank CAUSS for being out front to assist others getting rid of the sign scum.
#3. "RE: Greetings from Minnesota" In response to Reply # 0
>So why am I doing this? > Because I have a >dark vision in the future >in which every flat, non-moving >surface will have some kind >of ad stapled to it. > I'm dreading the day >when someone starts beaming advertising >directly onto the inside walls >of my house.
I too share your dread. The city of Dallas took one step toward that dreaded day when they recently changed the ordinances to allow advertisements to be projected on to the sides of buildings. The Dallas Mavericks did this last year and the city asked them to stop. The city council has now permitted the practice. I think it was either the hockey or basketball team that pushed to make it legal. The team owners were pretty smart by having the first use of the projection ad be a US flag in recognition of the NYC tradegy. Who could be against this?