It’s a sign. One of the most effective ways to communicate your thoughts on the Hill on the Hill is to create a big, giant sign. CHS has a pile of Capitol Hill sign updates to share, below.
- As you can imagine, we’ve been sent the Starbucks apologies banner that popped up on the side of Benson’s Grocery several times over the weekend. But Dan Nolte sent it first.
- We assume the sign makers “Mark and Sam” are referring to this. But maybe they meant this?
- Benson’s, by the way, knows a little about the city’s on-premises advertising rules regarding signage.
- We look forward to the Amazon, Microsoft, and CHS editions of the apology banners.
Tuesday night, organizers are celebrating #caphillpsa — a new arts campaign that includes local artists sharing “their experiences of change in the Capitol Hill neighborhood” with “public poster art.” UPDATE: Turns out the party is “invite only.” “This campaign aims to build awareness specifically around the issue of public safety, and to demonstrate the role art can,” organizers write. Promotional services and poster distribution is being donated by Capitol Hill marketing agency Northwest Polite Society. Participating artists include Woo! Girl guy John Criscitello, Hua Meng Yu, Rodrigo Valenzuela, Jazz Brown, Derek Erdman, Shannon Perry, Shogo Ota, Yekky Michael, Kenneth McCarty, Christian Petersen, Delton Son, Frank Correa, Greg Lundgren, Cait Willis, Dakota Gearhart, Jite Agibro, D.K. Pan, Ellie Dicola, and Alex Garland (CHS contributor!). You can learn more at facebook.com/caphillpsa
Here’s another effort to engender better behavior in Pike/Pine revelers. Riffing on the R Place classic, the Comet Tavern has added a big reminder to E Pike that Capitol Hill prides itself on tolerance. “One sign isn’t going to keep everyone in the neighborhood from acting out, but it definitely sets expectations for how we expect behavior in our business,” Comet partner Dave Meinert tells CHS. “And it hopefully is one small thing that is that we can do to help create a more positive vibe in the neighborhood.” The Comet, by the way, is a CHS advertiser.
- Across the street, Caffe Vita’s 20th anniversary celebrations continue with a new mural. Here’s a look at it in its early stages:
- It’s not as artful as the rest but a familiar part of the landscape near 14th and Pine will soon be removed. The city has told Clear Channel it must tear down its billboard on E Pine next to the fire station. “SIGN IS NON-CONFORMING PER OFF-PREMISE ADVERTISING SIGNS PROHIBITED IN NC-3 ZONE,” the complaint status reads. The billboard frequently promotes products and organizations targeted to the area’s LGBTQ culture and reputation. Most recently, it featured an ad for a health insurance service targeting gay and trans customers. Clear Channel will be allowed to relocate its billboard to another location in the city zoned for sign advertising.
- Here’s an oops found just below Broadway on Pine:
— Rob Ketcherside (@ro_ket) January 25, 2015
- Finally, Capitol Hill’s little king of signs weighed in the biggest controversy surrounding Super Bowl XLIX — Tom Brady’s deflated balls: