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One of the actions scheduled for this months Board of Adjustments is   item Z-8853-A.  Moses Tucker, as listing agent, is asking the board for approval for wall signs painted on the north and south sides of the Mulberry Flats building.  The staff for the city recommends that no approval be given for the signs because they are not  on the street side of the building.  In my opinion this section of the Little Rock Code should be changed at once.  These signs take nothing away from the blank wall which will exist if the variance is not approved. Maybe those in control of the City should just take a look at old photos of Main Street and they will see that over the years these type of signs were present and numerous.

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Most cities sign ordinances are pretty restrictive, generally for good reason.  I agree with you that in this case, it seems like it would be quaint and a throwback/authentic application.  The problem lies where this "exception" gets applied in cases where it's not quaint or interesting, let's say the ridiculous "side" signs that used to be on the back of the parapets of the shopping center where Purple Cow sits on Chenal (for example).  Maybe if there were a separate "urban sign overlay" district. 

p.s.  Another sign restriction in Little Rock is a prohibition against building rooftop signage (signage that projects above the roof or parapet of a building).  The one exception is the city's own River Market Pavilion, familiarly capped with "Little Rock" and "River Market."

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49 minutes ago, Architect said:

Most cities sign ordinances are pretty restrictive, generally for good reason.  I agree with you that in this case, it seems like it would be quaint and a throwback/authentic application.  The problem lies where this "exception" gets applied in cases where it's not quaint or interesting, let's say the ridiculous "side" signs that used to be on the back of the parapets of the shopping center where Purple Cow sits on Chenal (for example).  Maybe if there were a separate "urban sign overlay" district. 

p.s.  Another sign restriction in Little Rock is a prohibition against building rooftop signage (signage that projects above the roof or parapet of a building).  The one exception is the city's own River Market Pavilion, familiarly capped with "Little Rock" and "River Market."

Let's not forget the fake billboard sign next to the fake water tower on top of one of the library buildings in the River Market.  

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5 minutes ago, skirby said:

Let's not forget the fake billboard sign next to the fake water tower on top of one of the library buildings in the River Market.  

The "water tower" isn't fake (it's original, though I'm sure it's not being used anymore).

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22 hours ago, Architect said:

The "water tower" isn't fake (it's original, though I'm sure it's not being used anymore).

I'm sure at one time it had a sign painted on it.

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On 1/25/2018 at 11:35 AM, skirby said:

One of the actions scheduled for this months Board of Adjustments is   item Z-8853-A.  Moses Tucker, as listing agent, is asking the board for approval for wall signs painted on the north and south sides of the Mulberry Flats building.  The staff for the city recommends that no approval be given for the signs because they are not  on the street side of the building.  In my opinion this section of the Little Rock Code should be changed at once.  These signs take nothing away from the blank wall which will exist if the variance is not approved. Maybe those in control of the City should just take a look at old photos of Main Street and they will see that over the years these type of signs were present and numerous.

Sign in question:

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A few examples of signs painted on non-street facing walls that exist in the downtown area. One from long ago and the other done within the past few months:

Just three blocks away with sign painted on the rear of the building the old Archer Drug building.

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This one just a few blocks away showing the side of Fassler Hall painted just a few months ago.

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It is my understanding a deal has been reached and the south side sign will remain  but the north side will have to go. The members on the commission thought the signs did not fit the location even though in the past signs on the sides of buildings were the norm.

This sign will remain.

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Memphis has a special process to permit 'unique' signs. The last one approved was the Rooster neon for the new distillery downtown. Maybe LR should follow suit.

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