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Signs of the Times?

It would appear that there has been a welcome epiphany when it comes to signs or more specifically signage. It would also appear that are those that point to the condition of some of our business's signs yet fail to identify the commerce killing effects of the unsightly effects graffiti smeared on roofs and walls of those same downtown stores and buildings!

Overlooking the overlooking of so many of our downtown ills, a concern regarding the visible pollution of the eclectic nature of downtown signs seems to be somewhat universal.

The efforts of the volunteer group known as ‘The Niagara Winners Circle’ to do something, anything, to bring the disgusting and unsightly display of graffiti, broken windows, vacant shops, and lawless behavior to the attention of the city regime, have so far met with no more than platitudes, silence and even hostility!

The Niagara Winners Circle applauds The Chamber of Commerce and the many individuals who have identified a situation regarding the nature of signs that, until now, has not been our priority predicated on the critical circumstances facing our downtown businesses. Click here for 11 pages of examples...

It is rare that a business would opt for less than the best that they can afford! The problem has been a succession of failing city regimes and police hierarchy that have abdicated their responsibility!

Although we support the matter of enhancing the appearance of our downtown by improving the fronts of our buildings which, of course, includes signage, we are just as concerned with the matter as to who is expected to pay for the upgrades or will sign improvements be phased in with new businesses?

The sad part of all this mess is the fact that downtown businesses have paid enough surtax to buy St. Paul Street! That surtax could have and should have effected a far greater and far more spectacular look to what could have already been a downtown to make us truly proud.

It is well past time to redirect the annual wasted {$1/3 of a million} downtown surtaxes to a ‘smarter’ and more efficient use.