The first two pictures were taken in front of the Starbucks Coffee at 2328 W. Burnside Suite 2. Note the narrow sidewalk along one of the busiest streets in the city. This placement of the sign isn't as bad as I've seen it: sometimes most of the sidewalk has been blocked. Note also that the sign is unlicensed -- there's no city license sticker on either side of it. |
I'd sure hate to be in a wheelchair and faced with that obstacle and the choice of backing up half a block or risking my life in a traffic lane on Burnside. Yet apparently Starbucks thinks that's part of the price people must pay in order for them to advertise their coffee.
The next three pictures are of the sign in front of the Starbucks at 1301 NW 23 Ave. Thankfully, the sidewalk is wider here, so we don't have the disabled being held hostage to Starbucks' corporate lust for profits. However the sign is still unregistered. And it's smack dab in the middle of a bus zone; I doubt that's legal either. Apparently Starbucks thinks they are too important to be bothered with the rules that every other business has to follow.
That's just two examples in my backyard. What's the situation in other parts of town?
If Starbucks is breaking the law in your neighborhood and you don't like it, call Patty in the city's sign enforcement division at 503-823-7315. Let's put an end to this lawless corporate behavior!