“Thought I’d share to commiserate, and ask if anyone else has examples of garish, shameless advertising at Metro entrances”


“Dear PoPville,

It went up last weekend. While the sign is technically on a support pole of the same building, the entrance to this Marriott is a good 50 yards away, and the tiny arrow at the bottom doesn’t remotely help anyone find the place. It mainly serves as a big Christmasy dick move to commuters, as far as I can tell. It’s literally in the way for people coming down the stairs from the MBT, and it’s yet another layer of visual obstruction in front of the single incoming train board at that entrance. I think I’m just bummed out that it dwarfs the actual Metro pole. Thought I’d share to commiserate, and ask if anyone else has examples of garish, shameless advertising at Metro entrances. (NY Ave North Entrance)”

Think metro got paid for this?

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  • Why in the world would this bother someone? Am I missing something? It’s a sign.

  • If it’s within Marriot’s property line it’s perfectly fair game. If it’s on Metro’s property (I doubt it) they should have secured some kind of special exception. If it’s truly blocking the flow of pedestrians, it shouldn’t have been approved by the sign approval folks. Every retail/commercial sign must be issued a permit.

    • I think this is a case where there has to be at least one person who doesn’t like something even if thousands pass it and don’t care. It’s a non-issue to me, but we’re all entitled to our opinions.

    • Cherry

      And first world problem

  • I really don’t think it’s all that bad. It’s not neon flashing lights or anything obnoxious.

  • jim_ed

    I don’t use this metro station all that often, so maybe I’m missing the issue, but I don’t have a problem with it. I’d imagine it’s really helpful for tourists getting off the train trying to find their hotel, and I’d rather that sign be there rather than a family standing four abreast with suitcases hunched over their phones getting directions to their hotel. Also, I know it’s personal taste, but we clearly have very different definitions of “garish”.

  • I’d much rather Metro do this than raise fares again.

  • I don’t see how this possibly rates on anyone’s list of things to complain about.

  • I am shocked that someone thinks this is garish. Have you ever seen any signage adjacent to any subway stops in any other city on the planet? This is positively soporific by comparison.

  • as someone who uses that stop a lot, i agree that it’s completely in the way!

  • This is fantastic. +1

  • I hesitate to even say this because I worry it acknowledges the premise of the post, but the only kind of ads that I find garish are the “we buy houses” posters strung up over abandoned properties. If it wasn’t already clear I think the sign in the picture above is just fine.

  • If this is one of your most pressing concerns, you truly have conquered Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. I salute you. In the meantime, check yo’ privilege.

  • Putting up a sign 50 yards away from the entrance to your hotel is shameless? Why?

  • I use this entrance at least 4 times a week and I did notice that it seems out of place; only because there is a 7-11 and an Au Bon Pain before you get to the Marriott so I thought that was strange. It doesn’t anger me though lol and I think it is meant to assist out-of-towers as they look for the hotel.

  • wdcguy

    The photo accompanying this post doesn’t make it appear that the sign is in the way of anything/anyone unless they weren’t looking and walked into it. Given that Metro is likely one of the primary modes of transportation for guests staying at the hotel, it’s probably quite helpful for them.

  • You are right…that 350,000 sq ft leasing sign is garish and rude!

  • This doesn’t look that large or obtrusive to me.
    Rhode Island Row recently put a huge lit up flashing billboard advertising leasing on the wall facing the Rhode Island Ave Metro platform. I merely ride past it, so it doesn’t really bother me, but if it flashed into people’s apartments, that’d be sort of obnoxious.

  • Why is a sign for a hotel is a dick move for commuters? God forbid people other than those living and working in D.C. dare enter the city, disrupting the locals going about their very important business of showing up at work.

  • I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that the pole this sign is attached to is not owned by WMATA in any way and is probably part of the development the Courtyard is part of instead?

    Honestly walk a block or two north or west of there and let me know if a Courtyard by Marriott is the most offensive thing you’re running into.

  • lol I go here daily and also never noticed this. I could also see how it would be helpful if you were an out of towner and were disoriented coming out of the Metro.

  • The Marriott is right at the Metro, but it’s amazing how many tourists have trouble finding it. I’ve given out directions countless times over the years. This should help, even though I agree it seems a little out of place… very large considering how low to the ground it is.

    A frequent issue I’ve seen is that many tourists accidentally go out the M Street exit instead of N. Maybe Marriott could pay for a sign inside the station to help with that?

  • Maybe Metro can take note and improve their signage in and around metro stations. I don’t ride the metro all that often and I find it pretty easy to get lost in stations with multiple levels or trying to get out of stations with multiple exits.

  • The reaponses on this thread have reassured me that common sense hasn’t died completely in our little city and that more people than me believe some people should worry more about their own stuff.

    Now… that Leasing Now sign… can we talk about THAT!?

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