AT On: Livability & Lawn Signs

AT On: Livability & Lawn Signs

julie
Sep 15, 2008

Something besides withering echincea and political signs have cropped across our Minneapolis hood: entreaties to go slow. Prompted by road-construction detours, they made us think. First, how fast are we going? Whoa, that fast?!

What X-factors influence livability for you? What little changes would you like to see where you live? What's sign-worthy for you—if anything?

Minneapolis loves its lawn signs. They support higher taxes, public education, farmer's markets, parochial schools, etc. They're fast becoming the ribbon bumper stickers of the yard. And every election season, you read about partisan sign tampering.

But apparently, they work. It's hard not to glance at the speedometer as you pass. Maybe the best way to get the word out is good old advertising, since neighborhoods at large are less connected without the Elk's or Lion's or bowling team of yore.

Then, there's the cause. Before the crews broke asphalt, we all grumbled about the inconvenience of major thoroughfare shut-down. But neighbors mostly agree that it's been a good thing.

There's less traffic. It's quieter. More people seem to be out, about and talking. Crime is down—way down. And signs like this have popped up.

Again, tell us:
What X-factors influence livability for you?
What little changes would you like to see where you live?
What's sign-worthy for you—if anything?

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