>Just got one down the street in the edge of the
>neighborhood. Saw a few today while riding around with my
>family, may go for a ride a little later tonight!
>You guys are doing something right in Raleigh, I don't
>notice as many signs as I used to.
Yep, the amount of junk has *dramatically* decreased. Except for some sporatic hit-and-runs, the "Work at Home" crowd has practically been run out of town.
In that vacuum, however, lots of local businesses seem to be trying to take up the slack. You've probably noticed those ugly black-and-neon-green Mattress Warehouse signs that go up every weekend along with the real estate/developer signs. They had their dreadful signs up all over town during their several week-long "grand opening", now every weekend is the "blowout sale". Other companies- most of them mattress stores- are doing the same, although they ususally keep their signs in the immediate location of the store. Even restaurants are getting into the act- they're starting to put out "immediate seating available" coroplast signs, which stay out permanently (even at 3am when they're closed...)
And then there's the real estate junk. I'm going to try to find out from the Raleigh zoning department (they're the ones in charge of signs) about the rules on this- its something to be very careful about. Some municipalities have variances or other arrangements with the politically-powerful developers, and although I don't see anything in the municipal code that seems to allow these weekend signs, there's no telling what informal arrangments might exist.
As for the regular businesses, do try and go the zoning department route first- let them know whats going on, and see if they'll do anything about it. A "real" business with a real
storefront can be held accountable far more easily than some shady character hiding behind a long-distance 800-number. Supposedly, they have a truck that goes around Raleigh picking up the junk signs, but I suspect that they don't work on the weekends, when so much of the garbage goes out. But as for the "Work at Home", the "Finally!" insurance signs, and the obvious scams, they're fair game 24/7. Same goes for those "Collegeworks" painters signs- they're trying the trick of putting them out with the real estate signs.
What areas do you frequent?