It's Our Money weighs in on a proposal by Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. to legalize certain temporary bandit signs:
As if we didn't have enough litter on the street, the city also has too much rubbish nailed to poles. We're talking about "bandit signs": small signs plastered on streetlights and utility poles all over Philadelphia advertising businesses with classy slogans like "Top Dollar Paid for Junk Vehicles" and "We Buy Houses." They're ugly and a bane for neighborhood groups trying to improve the city's quality of life, not to mention its property values. And, believe it or not, given their omnipresence, the signs are also against the law.
A bill introduced by Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. last week would legalize signs on streetlights and utility poles, as long as advertisers pay the city $1 per sign and follow minimal guidelines, like not using glue or nails to hang them up.
Jones wants to raise money for our cash-strapped city. He also believes that his bill will give the city more time to crack down on advertisers that don't register their illegal signs - and hit them with big fines.